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The latest House of Representatives proposal to reauthorize the school lunch program is a mixed bag for school feeders.
Officials say the program will help eliminate clerical errors.
William T. McFatter Technical Center in Florida and Itineris Early College High School in Utah top Niche’s 2016 list of public high schools with the best food.
The district hopes to reduce the waste it sends to landfills, as well as the nearly $140,000 it pays per year to have its trash hauled away.
The measure will create varying rates increasing by different amounts in different areas.
The kitchens save nearly $230,000 per participating school, officials say.
lobster fried rice
Classic fried rice tends to be salty, but Chef Fang reduced the sodium in this version by increasing the aromatic vegetables and herbs and decreasing the soy sauce. Lobster makes for an elegant presentation, but shrimp or clams can easily be substituted to lower food costs.
The program did not appear to boost students’ academic achievement, despite advocates’ hopes, officials say.
The fines—which could equal up to 10 percent of the total amount schools are reimbursed for lunches—are intended to improve the integrity of the program, officials say.
local produce
Local sourcing is in high demand, but it can present challenges to foodservice directors. Experts in the field share six tips for meeting these challenges.

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