For healthier school meals, try waivers, then options

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

As it turns out, Wyoming holds some good lessons for the national school lunch meal program.

School administrators here are hearing fewer complaints about new and healthier meals offered in their schools and finding students are increasingly interested in the healthier fare. And the state's verification system of school lunch recipients was lauded by a federal review of the program, that highlighted millions of dollars of waste in the program.

The national push for nutritionally better meals met some initial resistance, including in Wyoming. But administrators here have shown that with some time, they can work out the kinks of their programs and figure out how to work students into eating vegetables some may have never been introduced to before.

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