GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - A change is coming to school lunch rooms this fall. As part of new legislation signed by the president, students will now be served healthier options.
The Green Bay School District Food Service Center has a lot on its plate. Workers are preparing for another school year and dishing out a slightly different lunch menu.
"They're going to see more fruits and vegetables on the salad bars, K through 12," explained Laura Rowell, Quality Assurance Specialist.
It's part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Public schools now have to meet new nutrition guidelines. Rowell said that also means more whole grains and less sodium.
"The students will probably not even notice the change because many of the products that we were previously using are already meeting those requirements and guidelines," said Rowell. "But, because we have this production facility, we can adjust our main entree recipes just a little bit to make those foods fit."
"They'll see grape tomatoes and apple sauce as opposed to canned foods and tater tots," said Audrey Rowe, Administrator of the USDA's Food and Nutrition Services Administration.
The USDA hopes the changes make for a healthier environment, both in and out of the lunchroom.
"We need parents to be engaged to encourage them to go ahead and try it," added Rowe.
"This is the right way to feed our children," said Rowell. "This is the right way to educate our children."
There is a federal program to help offset some of the costs schools will see from implementing the healthier menus.