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First Coast school lunches get healthy makeover

7:27 PM, Aug 1, 2013   |    comments
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CALLAHAN, Fla. -- Healthy changes are coming to school lunches across the First Coast.

On Thursday, dozens of new items were on display for a taste testing at Callahan Mddle School.

It's all part of the Nassau County School District's first school lunch showcase.

New menu items include white chocolate milk, whole grain crusted chicken and a slew of homemade items like orange chipotle chicken, all done to make meals of a higher quality for students.

"If a child is hungry, they're not going to learn. They're more aggressive, they're tardy, they're absent. We're here to help support the parents," said Allyn Graves, Food Service Director for Nassau County Public Schools.

New items this year for Duval County, according to Chartwells-Thompson dining, include whole-grain crusted fish, reduced sodium meatballs and Thai chicken.

In Clay County, they're focusing on converting to whole grains and reducing sodium in items like pizza and chicken nuggets

And in St. Johns County, lower sodium in all foods and up to 100 less calories per meal.

It's all done in accordance with USDA guidelines.

First Coast News