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What's for Lunch? Demanding Quality Protein in School Meals
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 8:50 AM


"When school districts demonstrate a unified demand for more healthful, regionally sourced and sustainably produced school food, the kids win, the districts win and the manufacturers ultimately win too,"

- Bertrand Weber, Director of Nutrition Services at Minneapolis Public Schools.

NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- School Food FOCUS today sent a clear message that quality protein belongs on our school children's plates. 
America's schools collectively spend nearly $1 billion per year on poultry and legumes.  School Food FOCUS works with school districts to coordinate this purchasing power and put market pressure on food companies to provide healthier products for our nation's school children. The latest example of this work is Focus on the Plate -- a selection of poultry and legume products currently available for purchase in the school food market.
"This list of school food products is a direct result of FOCUS districts finding innovative ways to raise the standard of food we see on the lunch tray by working directly with suppliers to try out new products and reformulate others," said Founder and Executive Director Toni Liquori. "From poultry raised with responsible antibiotic use to a more wholesome bean burrito, FOCUS on the Plate is an important step towards helping schools serve meals that are healthier for children and the environment."