POSTED: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 1:16pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 1:26pm
Zachary, La (NBC33) — An experiment going on in the Zachary Community School District is changing their whole approach to food.
They are replacing processed, canned and fried food, with baked or broiled, from scratch meals.
Cooks are using less salt and more whole grains plus fresh fruits and vegetables. The district says their extra effort in the cafeteria, is already paying off in the classroom.
"They also give that concentration and attention that we need,” says Helen Folks, Zachary Community Schools Dietician. “It's a healthy start that gets the kids ready during the day."
To do it, the district is spending more on meals right now that it ever has before.
The price of a school lunch went up about 25 cents. The district is using $130,000 from the USDA to cover most of the cost.
The Zachary school system has been ranked as the number one school district in the state for five years running. Jennifer Crockett talked with the Zachary Community Schools Superintendent Warren Drake back in July. He shared his secrets to success with NBC33 News.