Changes in school lunch leaving bad taste in her mouth
My daughter attends middle school in the Elk River School District. Recently, parents received a letter regarding changes in the school lunch system. The first change is the increase in cost. A secondary school lunch is $2.50. Milk is 55 cents. There are also à la carte items available for additional cost. The biggest change are the new lunch “guidelines,” prompted from Michelle Obama. Under the new guidelines, the kids are to be offered more of a variety of fruits and vegetables, lower-sodium meals and more whole grains.
On any given day, the kids are offered choices of a main entrée, a whole grain, fruits/veggies, and two sides. They are also offered pizza every day for those who don’t like any of the main entrees. With the new program, it is mandatory that the kids take a half cup of fruit or vegetables. If they don’t take it, it is my understanding that we parents need to pay more than the $2.50 price. See more in Sheila Skogen’s Star News opinion piece.