For many students school lunch is a basic, no-frills meal, but some districts are looking to change that. To combat a decline in the number of students purchasing school lunch, some districts are turning to professionally trained chefs, according to The Wall Street Journal.
New federal nutrition standards require that schools serve more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains — and some students haven’t appreciated the menu change. Since the new standards went into effect two years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reported the largest decline in students participating in the school lunch program of the last 30 years.
‘Once you move from chicken nuggets to roast chicken, somebody needs to know how to cook,’ said Ann Cooper, director of food services for the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado. The number of districts employing professionally trained cooks has ‘gone from virtually none to dozens, if not hundreds, in a decade.’