Small School Districts Could Struggle to Buy Healthier Food

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Officials in some South-Central Indiana school districts say new federal standards for school meals will now offer children healthier food choices. But they add some schools could have a hard time paying for the changes.

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation spokesperson Nancy Millspaugh says the district has already been working to make school meals healthier. Millspaugh says BCSC offsets the cost of obtaining healthier food for the children by using locally grown produce in a farm-to-school program. But she says changing the content of school meals could be a financial burden for some school districts.

“While some schools have already gone ahead and made some proactive changes—I feel that our corporation is one of those—many are still trying to figure out how they can make some of these changes under the tighter budgets,” Millspaugh says.

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