Healthier Meals for Students

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – School cafeteria managers are working to bring healthier food options to our students.

Nutritional standards that take effect this fall call for less sodium, more whole grains and fruits and vegetables in school cafeterias. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is also calling for healthier snacks and drinks in school vending machines and snack bars.

One local parent, whose son attends a school where those measures are already in place, says it makes a big difference on her son’s performance.

“They removed the soda machines,” Tina Kalil of West Springfield told 22News. “They provide juices, Gatorade, water…even their snack bars, it’s like a subway and it’s healthy foods, there’s not fried foods. And I find that my son is more active, he’s more eager to participate in classes.”

School cafeteria managers initially supported the requirements two years ago. But now, are calling on Congress to delay the school programs as they struggle to a meet budget.

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