Mich. school cafeterias adapting to new school nutrition standards

The federally mandated standards require schools to reduce the amount of fat, sodium and the number of calories in each meal.

Nov. 25—It's lunchtime at Buckley Community Schools. Fifth- and sixth-graders have grabbed their lunch trays and sit down to eat, chat and laugh in the cafeteria.

Fifth-graders like M.J. Kinere and Gabe Luther and sixth-grader Kallen Wildfong are enjoying "Breakfast for Lunch" — a cheese omelet, a sausage patty, a hash brown patty and a banana.

They say the like eating school lunches. The consensus among the three and their buddies regarding the cafeteria food are "good" and "delicious."

The 2013-14 school year marks the second year of phased-in school meal standards. The federally mandated standards are designed to reduce the amount of fat and sodium and the number of calories in school meals. These standards broken into three grade levels: kindergarten through fifth grades; sixth- through eighth-grades; and ninth- through 12th-grades.