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Wicomico County Students Appear Satisfied With New Healthy Menu

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SALISBURY, Md. - School lunches got a healthy makeover last year. But according to a recent survey by Capital News Service, nearly 90% of Maryland public school students say that they're not getting enough to eat.

But it appears students at North Salisbury Elementary are satisfied with changes to the school lunch menu - a much different response from a majority of students surveyed across the state, who report that they are unhappy with new lunch restrictions mandated by the Healthy Hungry Free Kids Act. "I'm actually way past full," 5th grader Keshawn Coirin said. "I'm always hungry, but I feel more satisfied than last year," 5th grader Ambrocia Howard said.

"We haven't heard much of that here in Wicomico County. If they're choosing the entire meal, the likelihood of them being hungry is less," Food Services Superintendent Eric Goslee said. But they did get some reaction from older students. "Basically, we see more of positiveness with the younger ages than we see with the older ages," Goslee said.

The program, spearheaded by first lady Michelle Obama increases the availability of fruits, and vegetables and sets calorie and sodium maximums. "They've taken away chips and they put some fruit ice cream in, and they're encouraging you to get a fruit or a veggie every time you go through the line," 5th grader Molly Sahler said.

The new program also requires that at least half of grains served are whole grains, with all grains being whole by July 2014. "For us, about 90% of our grains products are whole grain. We have one or two items now that we serve that aren't whole grain," Goslee said.

Next year, breakfast programs at schools will change as well because of new federal guidelines. Students can expect to see more protein and more variety of fruits on their trays.

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