Flexibility will make school lunch rules easier to swallow

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

No one said it was going to be easy to get kids to eat healthier.

Outside of school, diets are dominated by high-sugar, high-fat, highly processed foods, so it is beyond optimistic to think students would instantly gravitate toward the healthier options now mandated under federal rules governing the subsidized school lunch program.

Yet schools across the country, and particularly here in Maine, are finding that students will come around to the new menus, given time, creativity and persistence. They also are finding that the new menus can be costly, at a time when the budgetary cupboard is bare.

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