Student lunches at North Adams Community Schools will increase for the 2014-15 school year as the district strives to provide children with healthy meal options. The North Adams board of education met Tuesday evening and discussed what options were available to meet the nutritional needs of students — and at what cost.
Currently students in grades 5-12 pay $2.10 for lunch, which includes a salad bar. The cost for younger students is $2. Students in middle and high school have the option of choosing a main course with three sides and are given an average of nine options daily.
Erin Ripley, food services manager for the school district, gave a presentation to the board Tuesday evening and emphasized the impact the options have on students. The school is required to follow state sodium and caloric intake guidelines as provided by the “Choose My Plate” program. According to Ripley, this presents a challenge for school officials.
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