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Healthy Kids Act creates a new frontier in school meals for students

Mario Pena, a junior at Hampton-Dumont Community High School, has mixed feelings about the new, healthier school meals that are served since changes mandated by the Healthy Kids Act of 2010 were fully implemented this year.

     Holding a tray of steaming ravioli and other items, Pena – an offensive lineman for the Bulldogs – logging in at 5-feet, 10-inches tall and an estimated 265 pounds – said he sort of likes the lunches but he wants more meat.

     "It's good, but I don't think it's enough," Pena said. "Meats, more meats."

     Pena's comments weren't isolated; many other students expressed their dislike of various aspects of the school food as they moved through the lunch line at the high school on Oct. 4, getting a serving of ravioli, a fruit or vegetable, and possibly salad.

Read the full article in the October 16 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.