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Program lets students' taste buds decide new school lunches

Program lets students' taste buds decide new school lunches

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SANDY — Students around the country have been pretty vocal about their school lunches since new USDA guidelines went into effect under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Now, 160 students from various schools along the Wasatch Front will have a say in what is served at schools during a Food Fair in which they tasted new offerings.

A school food purchasing co-op called UCARE sponsored the event, where students tried items like whole grain products, protein, fruits, vegetables, new pizza and a number of Utah's Own products.

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act has been aiming to improve child nutrition since 2010. The legislation has authorized funding and set policies for a few USDA's core child nutrition programs including the National School Lunch & Breakfast Programs.

The taste-testing Food Fair is part of the initiative to improve child nutrition. For the first time in over 30 years, The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act allowed USDA the opportunity to make real reforms to the school lunch and breakfast programs. They decided to not only change the items to be more nutritious, but also to give the students a say in what was offered so the students would enjoy the meals.

The UCARE Food Fair was hosted in Sandy on Friday.


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