Parent speaks out about unhealthy, cheesy school lunch options


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Advocate and parent Theresa Turco wants healthier meals for her student’s district.

Speaking out and giving ideas, while passing out a menu, Turco explained in a recent news article that meals were too focused on unhealthy items like pizza, mozzarella sticks, and nachos.

Turco offered up suggestions at a Board of Education meeting on May 224th, 2016, asking about doing surveys in English and Spanish to help figure out what parents and students would like to see on the school’s menu.

She also suggested affordable ways to incorporate more fresh foods into the school’s food environment through taste-tests, salad and smoothie bars, and working with programs like USDA’s Farm to School and Chef to School for resources and training.

Turco knows that healthy eating is better for her students and the school’s food environment is needing to change, stating in the article that the food, is not “balanced”.

Studies show, Latino kids often have greater access to unhealthy high-in-fat foods in school environments, helping to implement healthier school and nutrition guidelines may encourage healthier diets among Latino kids.

Board President, Lisa Ellis, asked Turco to head up a committee to talk to principal’s in each of the district’s schools to help bring about these topics for the future new food service contract, set to be bid this summer.

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