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MPS students are culinary judges for school lunches

students try new foods

It wasn’t exactly a food fight, but some menu items were winners, and some were losers when about 80 MPS students were assembled from across the district to judge food options for the next school year. The evaluation took place in the culinary arts lab of Washington High School.

The MPS Department of Nutrition Services organized the student evaluation to hear student voices and gather opinions about menu choices. Supervising Dietician Deb Brunner acknowledged that healthy foods are ideal, but are not successful if students won’t eat the items that are offered.

Some of the foods available for sampling were pizza, a barbecue rib patty, turkey tacos, chicken drumsticks and meatballs, quesadillas, pizza dippers, macaroni and cheese, and other items. The Nutrition Services staff takes steps to offer a range of foods that reflect different ethnic flavors and styles.

The results will be analyzed and students can look forward to some new items on the menu next school year.

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