Fruit cups displayed on a Mansfield elementary school cafeteria serving line

Fruit cups displayed on a Mansfield elementary school cafeteria serving line.

District Goes Back to the Basics

Chef works to help Texas district turn around its meal program.

Changing a school meal program that had plateaued into a comfortable heat-and-serve routine for years is not easy. It means not only more employee training, ground-up menu development and perhaps some equipment investment but also a fundamental culture change.

That’s what they are trying to do in the Mansfield (Texas) ISD starting this past fall.
The results so far are modest but pointed in the right direction. Lunch participation now stands at around 54 percent, up about t

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