(I’m not exactly sure why the lunch program slipped. It wasn’t in the report, but I’ve asked for the details.)
Each year, the committee reviews the lunch menus and nutrition education programs of 20 school districts in different regions of the country to check for fruit and low-fat veggie side dishes, non-dairy beverages and healthy entrees.
The committee did observe an encouraging trend: that more schools are finding ways to cut the grease and ramp up the nutrition despite rising food costs. The report noted that 36 Oakland schools had fresh salad bars, and that some offered a Harvest of the Month program, in which kids get to sample different seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Curious about what Oakland kids are putting into their bodies each day? The menus are posted online.
If you care to compare: Oakland did edge out San Francisco’s public schools (which received a C), and was deemed much healthier than Buffalo City Schools, in N.Y., in which “elementary school lunch menus are packed with meatball
subs, Egg McMuffin Sandwiches, and other high-fat items.”
image from a la corey’s site at flickr.com/creativecommons