Many East Coast schools have been working hard to improve their lunch fare in response to a federal law passed this summer, reports The New York Times. Oil-fries are being replaced by baked versions, sugary drinks are being removed from many campuses and cookies are disappearing from some menus.
The move is not popular with opinionated, rebellious high school kids, but the lower grades are generally reacting well, school administrators say. Even some high school kids are liking the new fare, when it is done right. In other words, children have not become bitter, adult-hating monsters simply because their diet was improved.
There still seems to be plenty of room for improvement – the Times’ picture of lunches illustrates and amazing dearth of green vegetables. Only one plate has some fruit on it.
The Times story doesn’t break down how wealthy versus poor school systems, but it’s a safe bet as to who is getting the best choices. It will be interesting to see in the coming months how other states react to the federal policy.