JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A crackdown on school snacks could force mom and dad to fork out more cash. Action News has learned there's also concern over whether our kids are getting enough to eat.
Say bye bye to cookies candies and sports drinks, because fruits, veggies and healthier items will soon take over the al la carte menu in our kids' schools. That means no more than a 200 calorie snack and a 350 calorie entrée. It's an initiative some parents say they wish was around when their kids were in school.
"They ate in school until we realized just how far south the school lunch programs had gone," said local parent, Allen Waren.
Others tell Action News the calorie restraints are too much.
"It sounds like a bunch of rabbit food rather than sustenance they need to keep them awake during school," said another parent, Kristin Rice.
Action News sat down with UNF Nutritionist, Jenna Braddock to ask if this is enough food to keep children stimulated.
"We can look at ample research that support the benefits of eating more whole food and wholesome foods for prolonged energy," said Braddock.
Some parents also feared spending more money to put more food in their children's bodies.
"It's a great time to start talking to your kids about what's a great choice to fill you up," said Braddock.
Most schools Action News spoke to say they're already ahead of the curve and looking forward to these new changes come 2014/2015 school year.