Pizza returns to district's menus this year

After USDA eliminates grains and protein maximums, Florida districts adds pizza, cheeseburgers to menu.

Aug. 19—The school lunch line will be a bit peppier for students this school year, with pepperoni and cheese pizza offered more frequently on the menu after a sharp cut back last year due to stricter nutritional standards.

Another favorite, cheeseburgers, has made a comeback on the menu with the loosening of the nutrition requirements.

Highlands School District Food Service Director Martha Brown said pizza will be offered more frequently due to an easing of the federal nutritional caps on meats and grains.

"Based on that decision, we will be able to put some of the old favorites back on the menu a little more frequently," she said.