School Districts Debut New Lunch Menus
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Some Minnesota students headed back to school Tuesday with a new kind of lunch menu.
Several districts are now offering more variety, including more ethnic choices. Others are relaxing on the federal nutrition standards that just went into effect last year.
The state’s largest school district is shaking up its menu this fall, trying to make its food more appealing while meeting federal guidelines. Anoka-Hennepin is adding 25 new meals, including Olive Garden-like mini raviolis and new salad options.
On the other side of the metro, South Washington County School District students also helped taste-test new and old school cafeteria recipes, leading to an overhaul of the district’s menu. This fall’s menu will feature new meals, including Italian, Mexican and Asian cuisine as part of the “International Crossing” menu. The “Market Square” menu will still feature traditional favorites, and the “Downtown Deli” menu will offer salads, soups and sandwiches.
The school district says there will also be locally-grown fruits and vegetables highlighted this year.