Schools Want Changes In Healthier Lunch Rules

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (May 5, 2014) School nutrition directors across the country say government-mandated changes to cafeteria menus have been expensive and difficult to put in place and some schools are looking to Washington to make some changes.

Starting next school year, all grains served in schools will have to be whole-grain rich, or more than half whole grain, including pastas, rolls, biscuits, pizza crust, tortillas and even grits.

The government is also requiring lower sodium, healthier snacks and more fruits and vegetables as part of an effort to make school lunches and breakfasts healthier.

The new standards have been phased in over the last two school years, with more changes coming in 2014.

Some schools, however, say the targets are not feasible and students are rejecting the new offerings.

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