Department of Education serving more nutritious lunches this school year

Public school students will receive meals packed with fresh fruits and veggies.

Public school students will receive meals packed with fresh fruits and veggies. (9/5/13)

BROOKLYN - It's nearly back-to-school time for the city's public school students and News 12 is giving you a virtual taste of what to expect in the cafeteria.

The Department of Education is changing up the menu this school year, making fresh fruits and veggies a top priority on your children's plates.

DOE Executive Chef Jorge Collazo says kids will be getting plenty of leafy greens, carrots, cucumbers and sweet potatoes, along with meaty favorites such as chicken sandwiches, chicken on the bone, and even rice and beans with plantains.

Collazo says that the foods will not only be delicious, but also nutritious with whole grains and low saturated fats.

The public school system will serve about 860,000 plates five days a week. Each lunch will cost $1.75, a 25-cent increase from last school year, but parents can still apply to receive free or discounted meals.  

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