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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service has chosen two Utah school districts for Regional Best Practices Awards for their quality student food.
Salt Lake City District received the award for its successful efforts to expand its Summer Food Service program.
Nebo District was awarded for increasing vegetable and fruit consumption in its school lunch program.
Salt Lake District's staff used demographic maps to expand their summer program in needy areas. Their outreach program resulted in a 57 percent increase in participation in 2000, a 34 percent increase in 2001 and a 33.3 percent increase in 2002. The district now serves more than 300,000 meals each summer.
In Nebo, the fruit and vegetable campaign saved $3,400 during the school year and got kids to eat more fruit and vegetables. The district also served 21,000 more meals to students.
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