"When they pick up a tray, they have to put a food or vegetable on their tray, " Scott said, but getting those vegetables from the tray into the students' mouths actually starts at home.
"The children that are reinforced at home to make healthy choices, they tend to choose the healthy options at school too, " Scott said.
For Cafeteria Manager Barbara Neal, the new requirements have been an eye opener.
"I've learned more since the government has put this in than what I knew when my children were little, " Neal said.
One problem area the USDA is cracking down on is sodium.
"Sodium has been linked to high blood pressure and high blood pressure has been linked to heart disease, " Scott said.
Higher costs may be standing in the way for some parents. Scott says the school system has to pay more for whole grains and additional food options - leading to increased lunch prices, but she says it's a small price to pay for the long term health benefits.
"You kind of build your foundation as a child and then that creates a healthy body so you can grow into a healthy adult, " Scott said.