The food-court concept features five food stations where students can choose Hispanic-inspired entrees, deli sandwiches, comfort food, fresh-made pizza, grilled items and fresh fruits and vegetables.
"The 'Indiana comfort food' station is where kids can get chicken and noodles or meatloaf," Blomeke said. "The lunches follow USDA standards. The deli bread options are whole-grain, the breadsticks are whole-grain and the pizza crust is whole-grain."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that students are offered fruits, vegetables, whole-grain items, meat or meat alternates and fluid milk. Each student's lunch must contain at least three of the five components.
"Students must take options from at least three of the five USDA-required items, Chartwells District Manager Paul Kendall said. "They have many more healthy options. They can have unlimited fruits and vegetables. The area is inviting and kids will want to come here. That results in higher revenue that can be put back into the food services, and kids need the healthy food to be able to learn at school."
Chartwells and SCS are not planning complete overhauls for any of the other schools in the district, although each school received a small "refresh" of their cafeterias.
"We and the school board will reevaluate in three to five years," Kendall said.
Additionally, students at Coulston and Hendricks elementary school's will receive free breakfast in their classrooms.
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