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Through the Farm to School program, $350,000 in grants is now available for projects that help schools serve locally grown foods on lunch menus.
After proposing an “alternate meal” of a cheese sandwich, apple and water for students with school-lunch debt, Columbia Public Schools has scrapped its program for students in arrears.
The program at Clearwater Middle School—one of 51 schools the state has provided funds for—includes pasta and locally sourced menu items, plus produce grown in the school’s garden.
Hoosick Falls Central School District’s cafeteria manager and students take a few trips a week to handpick produce, like tomatoes and sweet corn, at Moses Farm.
A long list of menu additions for Gilroy Unified School District was developed in response to changing palates and student requests for more vegetarian and ethnic cuisines.
The kits will teach students about gardening and nutrition, and allow them to grow herbs and mushrooms as well as a mini aquaponics garden.
The university offers meatless entrees in each of its 22 campus-dining locations and even orders gluten-free foods upon request.
The new menu items include a chef salad, tacos el pastor and a chicken teriyaki rice bowl to be served on “Meaty Mondays,” “Taco Tuesdays” and “Asian Fridays.”
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Lakota Local School District uses carts to take meals down the hallways, so students don’t have to come to the cafeteria to get breakfast or lunch.
Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is found in plastic packaging and canned goods, and can be linked to issues from cancer to reproductive problems.

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