N.H. School Board Member Wonders: Are Healthy Lunches Backfiring in City Schools?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A member of the Board of School Committee said serving healthier meals at lunch is driving students to eat more junk food just to fill up.

New federal regulations for school lunches have taken effect, requiring a mix of health foods and limiting calories and salt.

But School Board member John Avard said he has been hearing from students who opt for snack foods rather than hot lunch because the school's offerings leave them hungry.

“Some won't get hot lunch, because it won't fill them up,” Avard said. “Others are getting it and having to supplement it with chips to fill them up.”

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