Healthy eating

Comparing old and new school lunches

Healthy eating

New nutritional rules have changed Dedham’s school lunches, but they’re often costlier and less popular.

Old lunch

6-inch sub roll: 2 ounces of meat, 1 ounce of cheese (too much bread and meat for new regulations)


Pretzels: 0.5-ounce bag (too much bread)

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Caesar salad (student favorite, not offered as often because of vegetable variety requirements)

Fresh fruit cup


Average cost of vegetable serving: 13 cents


New lunch

4-inch French roll: 1.75 ounces of meat, 0.5 ounce of cheese

Kale salad (fresher ingredients, more expensive, less popular)

Bean salad (unpopular; often thrown away)

Canned fruit (one serving of fruit and vegetables required daily; canned fruit cuts costs)


Average cost of vegetable serving: 23 cents

SOURCE: Dedham Public Schools