D-11 lunchbox reform deserves applause


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Cheers to District 11's Food & Nutrition Services Department, which released a progress report yesterday on its D11 Good Food Project, inspired by the film Food, Inc.

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The nutrition team committed in December to completely removing "highly processed foods" from D-11 menus by January 2012, and replacing them with "wholesome, natural and locally grown foods." It began changing menus in January. From the release:

Already, in just three short months, the District 11 Food & Nutrition Services management team has greatly improved menus, starting at the Elementary school level with significant changes which impact all district lunch menus. Chicken nuggets at that level have been reduced from five times in ten days to just once in ten days. “Nachos” a.k.a. “chips and cheese” and the infamous “pretzel with cheese sauce” were eliminated from District 11 elementary school menus, while seasoned ground beef was added to the Nachos entrée in District 11 middle and high schools, boosting the nutritional value. Other changes include “made from scratch” macaroni and cheese and all-natural, un-breaded roasted chicken pieces flavored with lemon-pepper.

Check the Good Food Web site for project updates and postings on related community events.


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