2006-12-28 / News

Year in Review

Plan to offer healthy lunches pursued by school board

Last spring when the Press delved into the world of hot lunch at the Jamestown schools the featured item on the menu that day was “Double Dogs,” two hot dogs on a plate, with a pile of tater nuggets on the side.

Kids seemed to be happy with the choice, but lately members of the School Committee have been pursuing healthy alternatives to the standard fare.

In September, the School Committee formed a sub-committee to look into healthy lunch alternatives. They met with consultants, the food services representative from the state Department of Education, and with Kids First, an organization trying to change the culture of lunch in the state from minimally nutritious to only nutritious offerings.

On Dec. 14, the school board invited food vendors to come to a pre-bid conference to give them a sense of what kind of healthy food offerings would be available to the school at a cost-competitive rate.

Four vendors showed up.

The School Committee said it hoped to put out a request for bid proposals in January and will begin the new lunch service in Sept. 2007.

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