Updated: 03/20/2014 10:22 AM
Created: 03/20/2014 7:37 AM WHEC.com
USDA guidelines require schools to offer whole grains and fruits and vegetables in every meal. Now schools have to be creative to keep fresh meals affordable and to get kids to actually eat the healthy food.
In the Gates Chili School District, pizza is made with whole grain crust and veggie toppings. A $7,000 oven bakes them pizzeria style in just six minutes. In addition, there's a $2,000 industrial blender to make fruit smoothies, a $2,000 food processor for vegetables and a $500 sectionizer does fruit slices which the school nutrition director says is really worth the investment.
Nutritional Director Debbi Beauvais said, “We have learned that wedging fruit like apples, putting them in wedges like oranges means the kids are more likely to take them, especially the little one who don't have teeth or if they just lost their teeth. Just to bite into an apple is very difficult.”
A new report out today says 90-percent of schools in New York need at least one piece of kitchen equipment to meet the new guidelines from the USDA and the kitchen upgrades would cost a total of $204-million dollars statewide.