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Utah school lunch evolves with new healthy food rules

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - Right now schools across Utah are gearing up for year two of the school lunch overhaul required by the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010. There has been a change in what schools are preparing and a change in the business of food in public schools.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - Right now schools across Utah are gearing up for year two of the school lunch overhaul required by the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010. There has been a change in what schools are preparing
and a change in the business of food in public schools.

Classic school lunch changed two years ago; whole grain, more fruits and veggies, fryers were removed from kitchen and students were required to take food.

Sebasthian Varas, Nutrition Services Director at the Canyons School District, told ABC 4 Utah, "Students have to take a fruit and vegetable, it is required. That's the part students did not like, the have to part."

Schools also had to limit portion sizes. That really didn't go over well and kids stopped eating school lunch.

Varas said, "Especially at the beginning. People didn't like to be told what to take or the portion sizes were too small."

Kids were not buying school lunch, that left school programs spending more and making less.

Varas said, "We spend about a million dollars buying produce."

Canyons School District makes up the difference with their adult food and catering programs and federal government is increasing funding by six cents per lunch per student.

But there is still frustration and waste.

Varas said, "It is sad to see kids take it because they had to and then it went to the garbage."

This year things are changing, a bit. Portion sizes are now bigger, but fruit is still required on each school lunch tray.

So now the school district is left to get creative and encourage kids to enjoy fruit and veggies, this is something they hope will happen in time.


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