FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2006 file photo, students eat lunch at Pleasant View Middle School in Springfield, Tenn. The U.S. government is trying new approaches to get kids to choose healthier foods. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) By MARK HUMPHREY
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- Schools in southeast Missouri are preparing for new federal guidelines on healthier lunches, reducing portion sizes and cutting out fried foods.
But will anyone buy them?
Cape Girardeau school officials have been busy replacing french fries with baked potatoes as part of a larger effort to improve what kids eat.
But the Southeast Missourian newspaper reports that students have been cool to the changes. And some food-industry advocates say they may be going too far and encouraging students to skip less-tasty meals at school in favor of high-sugar snacks when they get home.
School districts are preparing for as-yet-unknown changes promised by the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, which was signed into law late last year.