CDC study says 1 in 20 U.S. children have food allergies.
Partnership with the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food helped make program happen.
A central kitchen, reducing sodium and increasing fresh produce highlight this director's 19-year tenure.
Cites survey where teachers said they'd prefer the program in cafeteria.
Local chefs challenged to make meal based on school meal regs
New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas and Orlando band together to improve quality of items served to students.
Districts would save at least $100,000 to $200,000 in the first year of the program.
District cites federal regulations as requiring options, not as a choice.
District serves lunches with no utensils and compostable food.
New Jersey agriculture received $62,000 federal grant to fund initiative.
Vacuum-sealed meals and dedicated prep areas among changes.
Survey says teachers think program causes mess and cuts into instructional time.
Patricia Montague has been with association for 20 years.
Committee felt risk was to high to allow the kid-favorite spread.
After heated debate, bill that would provide free meals to all students.
Kitchen staff processed food from school garden.
Expect to reduce cafeteria waste by 50%.
District redesigns high school dining program to resemble college atmosphere.
Cites participation decline in light of new school meal pattern.
Kids who ate more cereal got more vitamin D, B-3, B-12, riboflavin, calcium, iron, zinc and potassium than kids who ate less cereal or none.