NEW YORK (March 20, 2013)—Six urban school districts in Texas, California, Florida, Illinois and New York are joining forces to coordinate their school lunch planning in an effort to keep costs down while providing healthful food choices.
A spokeswoman said the districts also will purchase ancillary items like trays in bulk.
To kick off the effort, students in all six districts were served the same lunch on Wednesday, and the menu included chicken, brown rice with seasoned black beans, steamed green broccoli, fresh fruit and milk.
The alliance includes public schools in Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, and New York City.
The six districts serve a total of nearly 3 million lunches every school day.