Virginia schools to expand healthy food options

Fairfax County school system plans to introduce fruit and veggie bars in all middle and high schools within the next three years.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.—Fairfax County school officials want to make vegetables delectable for students.

The school system plans to introduce fresh fruit and vegetable bars in all middle and high schools in the next three years, part of a larger initiative the Food and Nutrition Services department announced Monday to bring healthier food to school cafeterias.

The action plan presented to the School Board followed an in-depth report on the school system’s food preparation and policy. Now, school officials are going to take some of the recommendations from that report and turn them into reality at county schools.

The expansion of the fruit and vegetable bar program, currently being tested at four schools, is the most visible piece of the initiative.

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