School district leaders test new nutrient rich foods

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - School lunches across the country will have a healthier focus this fall. School cafeteria managers and nutrition experts are in Kansas City for the annual School Nutrition Conference.

More than 6,000 managers will go back to their school districts with new, healthier choices for school lunches.

Bartle Hall has hundreds of vendors offering everything from healthier meat choices to bean chips and sweet potato crust pizzas.

"We are trying to find more whole wheat products to add to our menu," said Ronda McCullick, food service manager for Park Hill Schools.

Vendors  of every kind including meat, cereal, and fruit are offering samples to conference participants.

"Once I make my selections, I will go back to my district and allow some students to sample the choices before we add it to the menu," McCullick explained.

New government regulations requiring more nutritious school lunches has increased attendance at this convention. This fall schools have to meet guidelines requiring whole wheat products on the school lunch menus, while other regulations will be phased into schools.

The annual conference continues through Wednesday at Bartle Hall.

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