A plan by Boston public schools to cut costs by reducing the number of menu choices at 40 schools is raising concerns among some parents and food service employees, reports the Boston Globe. The affected schools are those with onsite kitchens that produce and satellite meals to 80 other sites, which already have had the limited menu options now being proposed for all sites.
One of the biggest changes will occur at breakfast where hot items will be limited to twice a week, and on some mornings, students will receive just a bowl of cereal and two pieces of fruit. Currently, hot and cold options are offered almost every morning. At lunch, students will be limited to two or three options, with peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches available every day, along with popular fare like macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets. School officials stress that all the items will meet federal school meal guidelines.