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New School Lunch Guidelines to Start Monday

<br><font size=2>&nbsp;</font> <P>For most Texoma students, the new school year starts tomorrow.</P> <P>And aside from getting accustomed to new teachers, classes and classmates, students on the lunch program will also start adjusting to a more nutritious meal.</P>

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is requiring new guidelines for meals for schools across the country.

And that will cause students to see a change on their lunch trays.

"We have to offer a protein, a milk, a vegetable, fruit and grain," says Kathy Bolton, W.F.I.S.D. director of food service.

Kathy Bolton heads up food services for Wichita Falls I.S.D.

She says the changes will impact more than half the students in the school district, since 62% of them are signed up for the free or reduced lunch program.

It's a program that will now include more of the foods kids needs to be healthy and strong.

"They say good nutritional choices start at home. Unfortunately, not all kids learn to make good food choices there. That's why all schools in the district have this food guide... to help steer students in the right direction," says Bolton.

But officials say what many kids don't know is that food prepared in Wichita Falls school cafeteria's has been healthier for a while.

"For the last few years we have had a a whole grain cookie, 51% whole grain cookie. We do have wheat bread that we've had for several years. We are going to step a little bit out of the box and we're going to offer whole grain pasta this year," adds Bolton.

A healthier choice that will help students stay full and focused for school.

Wichita Falls school officials say there is another change that parents need to know.

If your child is on regular lunch program the daily cost is going up.

Starting Monday, the cost for lunch in secondary schools will increase 10 cents to $2.40 and 25 cents in elementary schools to $2.25.

Officials say the cost for the reduced lunch program will remain at 40 cents.

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