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But in Greeley-Evans School District 6, they are changing the menu and perhaps, raising the bar. Some say the lunches are not only edible, but restaurant-quality good. And they are healthy, too.
“Before we began this journey, less than 20 percent of our foods were prepared from scratch,” said nutrition services director for the district, Jeremy West.
That was four years ago when new U.S. Department of Agriculture standards took effect requiring districts to serve healthier options. Since then, West said it has been his mission to change the menu.
Greeley now serves mostly fresh-out-of-the-field red potatoes, green chili, beans and other produce from local farmers. In fact, of the $4.2 million the district spends on school lunches, breakfasts and snacks each year, nearly 25 percent goes to purchase local produce, meats, grains and dairy.
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
When I had my restaurants I did the school lunches for a year. We prepared all homemade meals 5 times a week for all the schools except the high school which did not want them. The average cost worked out to around $2.00 per child and we used no pre-made products.
originally posted by: tinker9917