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Changing student lunches, one tray at a time

At local schools, healthier fare gets high grades

MANCHESTER - In the fight for its students’ health, the cafeteria at Manchester Essex Regional Middle High School is well situated. One row of windows looks down onto the gymnasium. The other row looks out over the “edible schoolyard,’’ 13 raised vegetable beds that educate students about nutrition and also feed them.

Every day, cafeteria staff offers eight choices, often made from scratch. Recent options included wheat-berry salad and pesto pasta made with garden kale instead of basil. Soup lovers could choose vegetable or butternut squash, served with homemade rolls - whole wheat, of course.

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