Healthy meals equal fewer customers, school FSD says

New Jersey district sees lower particiption in first month of new USDA regulations

Nov. 26—The foodservice director for Chartwells in the Middle Township (N.J.) School District says that fewer students are buying lunch in the school cafeterias this year, and she blames the decrease on the new healthy meal regulations mandated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Dawn DeCamillo told the Middle Township Gazette that only 9,347 meals were served in September, more than 1,200 fewer than the previous September. The drop was particularly keen in elementary schools, and she suggested that the drop was a direct result of the implementation of the new regulations.