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Education

LA County School Lunches To Be Revolutionary

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The Revolution is coming! K-12 LAUSD kids, look out! Your lunches are about to get a whole hell of a lot better--and better for you.

This week it was announced that Revolution Foods, a fairly new company out of the Bay Area, is bringing their goodness southbound, and will be launching a pilot program in three local schools to bring them "fresh and healthy meals on a daily basis," according to their press release. The timing is perfect; March is National Nutrition Month, and the LAUSD is in on the action.

With the state of school lunches a dismal array of bland, unhealthy, and possibly questionable (see: Massive Beef Recall), LA's school kids are in desperate need of tasty, healthy options. To add insult to injury, perhaps, kids these days are exercising less and eating more junk food, which is contributing to a nationwide rise in obesity in our youth. Good nutrition could even mean good grades for the future minds of our city and country:

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Nutrition has been shown to link directly to academic achievement. Whether a child is undernourished or eats foods high in sugar, sodium and fat, the low energy and lack of focus that come as a result have an impact on a child's ability to perform well in school.

The LAUSD is trying, but kids are still tempted by tater tots and trips to Taco Bell at lunchtime.So what's on the menu?

Per their website, today's Revolution kids are eating Spaghetti with all natural, hormone-free homemade beef marinara sauce, served with steamed broccoli, a fresh apple and 1% lowfat milk.

Revolution has a set of standards they adhere to when preparing meals, such as today's lunch. Here's how it breaks down:

* We use organic and locally produced ingredients whenever possible
* Every lunch is served with fresh fruit and vegetables
* Our meats, baked goods, and produce meet Whole Foods Market's stringent quality standards
* Our milk is rbST- and hormone-free and our meats are hormone- and antibiotic-free
* Our food is prepared fresh daily; we do not serve fried, processed, or re-heated food

In the next year, Revolution hopes to increase their participation in feeding local school kids in LA County by serving their good eats to 10,000 students. With the LAUSD ranking as the second largest school district in the nation, they certainly have a captive audience. Maybe now more kids will participate in lunch programs...and like it. Here's hoping! Photo by chidorian via Flickr