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New School Lunch Woes

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AVOYELLES PARISH, La. - Maranda Bordelon has some strong views when it comes to the foods on her new school lunch menu.

Bordelon: "They are horrible. They're like dog food decorated."

This year, schools across the nation are implementing President Obama's "Healthy, Hunger-free Kids" program.

The changes require fresh fruits and vegetables at every lunch, whole grain pasta and bread, and the most unpopular change, only two ounces of meat per meal.

And Maranda says the quantity--and quality--is taking some getting used to.

Bordelon: "I wish we had actual bread, real milk, and enough food for people to eat."

But the Avoyelles School Board is sticking with the new menu.

Sharon Hargis, Avoyelles School Board Food Services Supervisor: "School meals are the only nutritious source that these people are going to get."

And board officials say the kids do have the choice to buy extra items during lunch, but Hargis says there's a reason they're "extra"--because the kids don't necessarily need more food.

Hargis: "It's not that we're feeding them less, we're feeding them more nutritious things to help them get a balanced diet."

She says she has hope the students will eventually appreciate the healthful changes.

Hargis: "You leave them alone. You educate them, you encourage them, and they will accept it."

Hargis says students also still have the option to bring their lunch from home, but Maranda says she has a different plan.

Bordelon: "Keep leaving school and going to McDonald's or Taco Bell."

The school board says they're working with the current food vendors to keep coming up with new--and possibly tastier--healthful meals.

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