Columbia School Lunches Get a Makeover

4 years 8 months 1 week ago March 27, 2012 Mar 27, 2012 Tuesday, March 27 2012 Tuesday, March 27, 2012 8:31:00 AM CDT in News
By: Ashley Carr and Emily Hauger

COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools are getting a lunchtime makeover.  

According to the Missouri Eat-Smart guidelines, Columbia schools currently have an advanced - the highest - rating for their meals.  This means they offer a balanced meal with a main dish with 16 grams of fat or less each day, fruits or vegetables four to six times a week and a whole grain food item at least three times a week.

Though some already approve of the meals, there will be widespread changes next year. 

These changes come in response to the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act passed in January.  It will transform the school lunch program over the next 10 years.

As it begins, parents and students can expect to see more scratch cooking.  This means less processed food and more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. There will also be more brown rice, brown bread and leafy greens. 

These are the first changes to the Columbia Public Schools food program in 15 years.

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