South Bend schools making healthy menu changes

All the delicious vegetables that come from the garden are something South Bend students get excited about.

At McKinley School, students, faculty and parents have been working for over two years to build a stronger and healthier school.

They received a national award, Gold With Distinction, for their part in the Healthier U.S. School Challenge.

They've increased the number of fruits and vegetables offered and made changes to their lunch menus.

They also developed more physical education programs for bad weather days and Notre Dame chefs even came in to help parents with healthier recipes.

Josiah is a fourth grader at McKinley School and says he helps out preparing food.

“I help my mom and dad in the kitchen when they are cooking, I make the vegetable that we usually have, we like eat different vegetables each night, like last night we had green beans,” Josiah said.

SBCSC Director of Food and Nutrition, Victoria Moore, said the food changes had widespread impact at the school.

“Even when it comes to their fund raisers, like the popcorn fundraiser, they had to re work the recipe so that it met the criteria so it touched every facet of their lives," she said.

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