District drops out of fed. lunch program over competitive food regs

The district estimated that 80% of its a la carte sales wouldn't meet new USDA guidelines.

MONTICELLO, Ill.—When the bell for Monticello High School's first lunch period rings, freshman Blakley Nesselrodt heads to "the snack bar" in the cafeteria.

Never mind that it's two or three times as long as the hot lunch line.

Students move quickly though the snack bar, where the a la carte and snack items are sold. Some take a hot sandwich wrapped in foil, nachos and cheese and a baggie of freshly-baked cookies, while others grab a Gatorade, bag of chips and candy bar or chocolate ice cream cup from the freezer.

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