Manchester school lunches: Bagels, subs could be back under relaxed rules
District Food Services Director Jim Connors told the Board of School Committee Monday that several changes were being considered following the relaxation of federal rules governing school meal programs.
Connors stressed that school meals still had to comply with limits on calories, saturated fat and sodium. But he said removing the restriction on meat and grain content would allow for more flexibility in the menu.
Connors said that other changes are being considered pending a nutritional analysis of the district’s current menu.
He added that his department has recently conducted taste tests for new food items at Beech Street Elementary School, and that it has offered “ethnic cooking training” for its staff.
Connors’ presentation was favorably received by the board, however, Connors faced questions from Ward 10 board member John Avard, who has been the chief critic of the district’s cafeteria offerings. Avard had requested the presentation from Connors in light of the federal rule changes.
Sheehy maintained that the healthier menus were catching on, despite media reports to the contrary. “At the elementary level, they’re really embracing it. They’re learning the way you’re supposed to eat.
Sheehy added, “We’re a learning environment; we’re teaching kids how they should be eating. We hope they’re developing an appreciation for having fruits and veggies.”
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