School lunches are more nutrious .
but the lunch room garbage cans seem to be what are
It's been about two years since school districts were
required to make lunches healthier....
but a recent report finds.
even though kids are taking the fruits and vegetables
more food is being wasted.
News Eight's Kyle Dimke is here with a look at how
some of our local schools are doing.
the report from the Government Accountibility Office
says school districts around the country are seeing
more waste .
and are finding it tougher to plan meals based on
the newest nutrition standards.
Two local districts say they aren't having that issue
and their kids actually like the healthy foods better.
On today's menu at West Salem Elementary...
NATS lunch lady: Would you like pizza? Yes please!
a crowd favorite.
NATS lunch lady: Would you like veggies? No thank
weren't quite as popular.
But that is typically not the case.
West Salem Nutritionist: 9- We used to cook about
8 pounds a day between our cooked vegetables and our
raw vegetables that we offer to kids and now we're
hitting about 50-60 pounds in a day
The Nutrition Services Director at West Salem admits
some foods do go over better than others .
but they're not seeing it in the garbage.
West Salem Nutritionist: 5- Kids aren't throwing the
food away, it's going into their bellies, they're
The district says the important thing is giving kids
the option to try something new.
West Salem Nutritionist: 13- We ended up going through
60 pounds of brusselsprouts in the month of December,
not a favorite of my own,
but we had kids eating brusselsprouts
in elementary school and that alone felt like a monumental
Over at Hintgen Elementary in La Crosse .
kids prefer the healthy foods.
5th grader Ivy: 2- My favorite vegetable would be
5th grader Joseph: 3- broccoli
La Crosse's Supervisor of School Nutrition says that's
common throughout the district.
LAX Nutritionist: 7- Surprisly a lot of what we're
hearing now is that kids want vegetarian, they want
low fat, they want things to be fresh, they like fresh
fruits and vegetables and so I think thats great
The La Crosse School District says it did deal with
some added waste in the beginning ...
LAX Nutritionist: 2- we're taste testing, we're talking
to the students, we're renforcing the message that
healthy eating is good for students, and that really
is going down a lot
Both districts say the healthier food standards were
and are glad they aren't seeing many issues.
And say the key to their success .
LAX Nutritionist: 6- We just have to put some effort
into it and let the students know 'this is really
These are positive things that are coming about.'
Reporting in La Crosse County .
Kyle Dimke .
Both school districts participate in the Farm to School
program which they say helps get new .
and more uncommon foods in the lunch room for kids
And the two 5-th graders I talked to say they enjoy
trying new foods .
and want to eat healthy so they can grow up big .
There will be more regulations added to the new health
standards for the 20-14 20-15 school year.
such as all foods must be at least 51 percent whole