When schools open Tuesday, students will find a new dining approach in their cafeterias.
The LAUSD nutritionists will be offering up the first of the 109 million meals they prepare a year with a breakfast of a bean and cheese burrito, orange juice and a piece of fruit. Lunch will include barbecued baked chicken, a whole-wheat roll, sweet potato wedges and an apple.
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Barbara Jones writes in the Daily News that after last year's failed experiment with exotic vegetarian fare, LAUSD has revamped its menu. "Instead of unexpected dishes such as hummus and chick-pea stew, cafeterias will be serving up pulled-pork sandwiches, hamburger sliders, whole-grain spaghetti and meatballs and the like."
Low-fat, fat-free or fat- and lactose-free milk will be offered at all meals.
So what will this cost? An extra 50-cents. Elementary students will pay $1 for breakfast and $1.50 for lunch. On secondary campuses prices will rise from $1.50 to $2.
And the "meals will be served on recyclable paper products rather than environmentally troublesome polystyrene trays," Jones reports.