JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A push to improve lunches inside Duval County school cafeterias means students will get healthier breakfast and lunch options, this school year.
It's all a part of the Duval County School Board's commitment to providing nutritious meals to students.
The school board and Chartwells worked to enhance their menus, increase whole grains, vegetables and fat-free options. New items include Thai chicken bento, bistro spinach salad, broccoli and cheese stromboli, corn and black bean salad, and sweet potato tator-tots.
Some of the new salads on the menus include an antipasta salad, a BBQ chicken salad, a chicken caesar salad and the popcorn chicken salad.
“Parents can find the menus online. They can deposit funds into their account. This year, we will have 117 schools doing CEP, which means that the students at those schools will not have to pay for break or lunch,” said Don Nelson, Assistant Superintendent of Operations at Duval County Public Schools.
For those 117 schools doing CEP, there is no income required at all. It is a peer requirement based on the percentage of the school. It is then approved by the federal government and then the food is provided free of charge. This link provides more information on which schools are a part of the program.