Students at Minneapolis Schools39 Webster Elementary serve themselves from communal platters while sitting at tables rather than going through a traditional serving line

Students at Minneapolis Schools' Webster Elementary serve themselves from communal platters while sitting at tables rather than going through a traditional serving line.

Minneapolis elementary school pilots family-style service

Youngsters sit at tables and get their food from communal serving dishes at Webster Elementary in the Minneapolis Public School district.

The students at Webster Elementary School, in Minneapolis Public Schools, don’t go through a traditional serving line at lunchtime. Instead, they sit at tables, get their food from communal serving plates and platters and dine off place settings instead of trays.

The family-style meal approach is unique in the 35,000-student district, at least for now, says Bertrand Weber, director of culinary and nutrition services.

At first glance, it would seem that a family-style s

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