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LA Unified student stores feed appetite for alternative lunches

from Los Angeles Times

Unlike the Los Angeles Unified School District's cafeterias, which are managed by its food services department, the more than 160 student stores on middle and high school campuses have a bit more autonomy. For students, the stores provide an alternative to the cafeteria food one sophomore described as "meh" and a junior called "crazy healthy." The district is attempting to market its food options as best it can. A few weeks ago, for example, officials invited a group of elementary school students and their parents to a meal — served on china — with former White House chef Walter Scheib. If they can convince young students that healthful options are cool, the district reasons, perhaps the message will catch. Before asking the group to pledge to curb junk food and eat more healthfully, Scheib acknowledged how hard it can be. "It's like stopping smoking," he said. "It's an ugly and brutal process." more


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