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Jordan school district explains lunch regulations to hungry students

Jordan school district explains lunch regulations to hungry students

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SOUTH JORDAN — Local school districts are doing more to help students understand the new school lunch guidelines, after many complained that they were hungry.

After the United States Department of Agriculture cut the calorie count for school lunch and added more fruits and vegetables, many students complained that they weren't getting enough food and they were still hungry.

The Jordan School District produced a video to help the students understand the reason for the mandatory diet changes. They also made posters for the middle and high school students, clearly showing the new fruit and vegetable requirements. They say confusion and rumors led to students not knowing what they could take at lunch, and this should help.

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"It's not easy for the students at the secondary level," said director of Nutrition Services, Jana Cruz. "It's a big change. It's a big change for all of us."

The school district also updated their facebook page with the national regulation and requirements for school lunch.

"It's our ultimate goal to feed as many students during their busy school day," Cruz said. "And we hope they will always come to lunch."

Cruz also said that a recent meeting with high school principals was positive in promoting guideline awareness for students that are leaving lunch still hungry. Lunch cashiers have been given fliers that list the choices of food items, and that say at the bottom, "Still hungry? Come see us!"

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