Local school conducts student taste test for healthier lunches


Marissa Hollowed
Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

The U.S. Food Service guidelines for school lunches have been through some major changes in the past year.

The new standards require lunches each week to average 550-650 calories for kids in elementary school, 600-700 calories in middle school and 750-850 calories for high school students. That's as the Centers for Disease Control estimates 17% of children and adolescents are considered obese.

The new calorie requirements mean schools are throwing out the pizza and tater tots and replacing them with more fruits and vegetables. However, that doesn't mean kids are eating them.

Local 6's Marissa Hollowed visited Fancy Farm Elementary School this week to see how it is getting its students to expand their palates. Check out the video for more!