New, healthy school meals get high marks

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Since Fridays are now sandwich and soup days at Mosier Elementary School in South Hadley, students dug into sun butter and jelly sandwiches. The school no longer serves peanut butter. The bread is also healthier.

“It’s the whole grains, it’s been a big change for kids,” explained Matt Hoagland, who is the Food Service Director for South Hadley Schools. “A lot of them are used to the white bread, now they’re having whole grain, the pasta’s whole grain, the pizza crusts is whole grain.”

South Hadley’s school lunch program hopes to build on its current healthy food successes.

Students are slowly warming up to new menu items like Chick Pea salads, and parents have been giving high marks to the foods the lunch program that has provided their kids with healthy nourishment.

Haley Bernash, who is a 4th grader at Mosier told 22News that her parents “think it’s really healthy, it’s a smart choice and it tastes really good too.”

The school lunch menu has been so well received at home, that some parents started serving barbecued chicken rib sandwiches, just the way lunchroom chefs have been doing it.

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