The School Nutrition Association of Vermont hosted a conference at Shelburne Farms to discuss better practices for school lunches.
The group recently introduced a meal plan for healthier school lunches. School cooks and managers came to learn how to serve healthy foods on a tight budget. Many school are incorporating more locally-grown and fresh foods in their cafeterias and food producers were invited to accept awards for their efforts.
"We just implemented a new meal pattern this last year, so we're doing more fresh fruits and vegetables... colored vegetables. We're required to do different kinds on a weekly basis. We're decreasing fat, we're increasing whole grains and lots of healthy choices," said Association President Leah Schmidt.
The conference also gave food providers a chance to discuss how they are meeting stricter federal standards that went into effect over the past year, and new competitive food regulations set to take effect next year.