Breakfast regs won't spark student protests, directors say

Operators say new products and subtler changes will prevent student disatisfaction over implementation of breakfast rules.

Aug. 12—The start of the last school year brought big changes to students' lunch trays: smaller rolls and buns, lots more fruit and vegetables, and a dearth of desserts.

This year's changes under the continued rollout of the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will focus on breakfast. Perhaps the biggest shift will require that half of all grain products offered with breakfast are whole-grain rich, or at least 51 percent whole grain. Next year, all grains at both meals must be whole-grain rich.

But these changes aren't likely to cause near the tray-shock that last year's stirred. Kansas students even protested in a YouTube video.