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Things will be different in public school cafeterias across the Country this year. Food will look a little healthier than usual. A new federal rule put in place by the USDA has forced schools to offer more fruits, vegetables and grains.

LeRoy Central Schools Food Service Director Laurie Locke talks about the changes from a local perspective. She said age appropriate calorie limits with portion sizes will now be offered to make sure students are getting the right caloric intake for their age.

“We’re offering larger servings of fruits and vegetables and more selection. At the high school all meals will have access to the salad bar. There is different types of vegetables and recipes that we’re trying. We’ll be offering fresh fruit, can fruit, fruit juices on a daily basis,” said Locke.

Locke said food will now have less sodium, tans fats and saturated fat. She tackles the concern parents might have about their child complaining the school lunch isn't filling enough.

“Definitely aren’t hungry if they eat the fruits and vegetables. The serving sizes are going up to a cup each of vegetables and fruits at the 9 through 12 grade level and if they eat that they definitely will not be hungry,” said Locke.  

Locke said lunches will be going up 10 cents this year, but she said it’s quite a bargain considering what kids are getting. LeRoy Superintendent Kim Cox said the LeRoy district is very happy about the changes.

“We really support these changes, we know it’s what’s best for our kids in keeping them healthy and making good choices about what they’re eating to keep their bodies and minds sharp for school,” said Cox.

Subs sandwiches will be made to order with veggie topping options just like subway, there will be pizza with whole grain crust and lots of salad. The federal rule went into effect this past July. 

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