District prepares healthier menu for new school year
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Food service employees in the Clark County School District say they're ready for the new year, which will include a new menu.
Mini corn dogs and roasted potatoes are on the menu for Monday, the day classes start.
It's a familiar lunch that should go over well with students, but figuring out what they'll like is only part of what kitchen staff has been doing over the summer.
This year, new federal nutrition regulations go into effect. New rules require more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and restrict calories and fat content.
Students in elementary schools will also see new signs in their cafeterias, letting them know that they must take a fruit or vegetable in addition to their entree.
"We're including leafy romaine salad with grape tomatoes, ripe as can be, seasoned green beans and fresh fruit at the end of the line," Dietician Virginia Beck said. "We started that last year and it was a hit."
Dietitians with the district know these changes will have a big impact on their students. They prepare about 175,000 lunches and 80,000 breakfasts each day.
Many of those lunches are given to low-income students. Parents are reminded that now is the time to apply for free and reduced lunches for students. The school district has that application here.