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School Lunches Get Healthy Makeover


Lynchburg, VA - New legislation by President Obama is calling for some big changes to school breakfast and lunch. The goal is offer more nutritional options.

Kids will still have the option of getting their favorite meals like pizza, but the way they are made is changing.

School officials say these changes will interest their taste buds and teach better nutrition.

The chairs are set, the shelves are stocked, and the excitement is high for the many hungry faces that will munch on some new options this year at Heritage High School.

"We're very thrilled to offer our students many more fresh options, local options," said Jill Moreno, the school nutrition manager.

Kids get ready to dine on meals like fresh chicken breast sandwich with a dried fruit mix or Jamaican black bean and brown rice bowl with edamame, and fresh corn.

"You will see less of the breaded options. Not that they are going to go away completely… these are things that are going to be phased out," said Moreno.

But don't worry, Moreno says not all your kids favorites will be tossed out.

They're still here. They are becoming more healthy options."

For example, fries will get a new companion: sweet potatoes. Pizza will also get a healthy makeover.

"It's a whole grain pizza with a lot of vegetables accompanying the pizza," said Moreno.

Schools will also get a lot of their produce from local farms like Lynchburg Grows, which also promotes buying local."

"It's advantageous for the children to be eating healthy, and it's a really great way to instill in them the value of eating locally, and supporting small businesses," said Carey Lucas, CSA manager.

School officials hope the change in cuisine is something kids will learn to love and keep.

"I think it's going to help the child in that the choices they make here will accompany them through their lives, said Moreno."

School lunch prices will be impacted because of these changes. In order to cover the cost of the changes, prices will increase a bit. You need to visit your child's school website to see prices in your school system.

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