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School Lunches To Add Healthier Options

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Starting next school year, school lunches will be healthier and a little more expensive.

New federal guidelines go into effect, requiring more whole grains, more fresh and raw foods.

The hope is that kids will learn they really are what they eat. The rest is up to them.

“We can say that these are the guidelines for what foods are going to be provided to the kids, but it’s really up to them whether or not they’re going to eat it or throw it away,” Jessica Lieb, a nutritionist for Children’s Hospital, said.

Look for more partnerships with local farms to provide less processed food.

“It’s all about accessibility to the right types of foods – fresher foods,” Lieb said.

Adding the daily fruits and vegetables will likely increase the price of lunch by a few cents per student.

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