As new federal laws mandate more fruits and vegetables in school lunches, cafeterias in Glendale and Burbank are making adjustments to their menus. The transition, they say, has been fairly smooth.
Two years after the Healthy, Hunger-Free Eating Kids Act was passed, some school cafeterias nationwide haven’t experienced the level of reform coming this fall in more than a decade.
But school district officials in Burbank and Glendale say previous California laws banning fried foods and soda put them ahead of the curve in meeting new federal requirements.
“Now there’s this umbrella to make sure we’re all playing on the same playing field,” said Jennifer Chin, food services director for Glendale Unified.
Under the reform, students eating cafeteria fare are required to take a half-cup of fruit or vegetables each day. Glendale and Burbank employees have recently trained themselves to urge students to comply.