Lynchburg Students Dish on New Healthy School Lunches
Lynchburg, VA- Across the country, school lunches were revamped this year. It's part of President Obama's and the First Lady's push to crack down on childhood obesity. The lunches are now healthier, loaded with fruits and veggies.
But there's been some backlash from kids. A YouTube video from students at Kansas High School about the new lunches went viral. In the video students sing about how much they dislike the new lunches. ABC-13 News hit the lunchroom to see what kids in Lynchburg thought about the new school lunches.
The Lynchburg City School system anticipated these changes and started introducing healthier options slowly last year. That seems to have made all the difference.
If the loud lunch room at Heritage High School could tell you anything it's that students love to talk. And, the word in the cafeteria is that lunches of the past were nothing to write home about.
"The pizza was so greasy you could see the grease sitting on top of it," said Shameka Moon, a student at Heritage High School.
"Compared to last year when it comes to salads, they were lacking in the freshness area," said Aaron Pelletier, a student at Heritage High School.
That all changed when new legislation required schools to shape up. Lunches now have fewer carbs, starches, and fried foods.
"They can choose milk, a grain product, a protein product. And we have at least three vegetables and four fruits daily," said Jill Moreno, School Nutrition Manager at Heritage High School.
Students have to take at least one fruit or vegetable. Even though French fries aren't on the menu daily, and you won't find any junk food in these lines, the verdict on the new cuisine is mostly good.
"I think the lunches are just a lot better than last year. They are way healthier. The bread you can tell its wheat bread," said Moon.
"I'm a cheerleader so staying healthy is something I need to do so I like the salads. It's a good option," said Mia Williams, a student at Heritage High School.
To cut down on waste, any fruits or veggies they don't eat can be put into the "Share Box"
"That's like instead of throwing food away you don't want you can put it in the box. And other students that are less fortunate and or hungrier can grab out of that box," said Pelletier.
Students at Heritage have not one, not two but three different lunch lines to choose from. They have a lot of options. And the nutrition manager says she keeps her eye on what students do throw away. She can make changes - in case they don't like a certain food.