Lincoln (Neb.) Schools Praised for Healthy Lunches

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Hartley Elementary lunch trays were full of color Wednesday.

And the lunch ladies donned gold pins, a nod from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that it approves of the oranges and kiwi, the spinach and carrots, the whole-wheat tortillas, and yes, even the mini corn dogs.

"Nebraska and Lincoln Public Schools are ahead of the game," Darlene Barnes, the USDA's food and nutrition services regional administrator, told a gymnasium full of Hartley students. "I'm going to tell your story to the people in Washington and around the nation."

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