Students Weigh in on New School Lunches

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New fresh options have made their way into Fayetteville Public Schools cafeterias this year.

Some items on the new menus are a Tuscan kale salad or apples from a local farm. The good news for the schools is it’s not breaking the bank. The new local chef-inspired meals don’t cost any more than meals normally would, and the healthy upgrades do not impact free or reduced lunches. These items aim to teach students balance and maybe even introduce them to a new favorite healthy snack. Students tell us they enjoy the new food.

“The pizza tastes better this year than last year and i feel like they put more effort and time into this because last year we only got cheese and this year we get supreme, we get pepperoni, bacon, pineapple,” said Owl Creek Elementary 5th grader B’anca Blackburn.

Some of the produce and even meats used in the kitchen come directly from several farmers across northwest Arkansas.

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