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'Hunger-Free Act' leaving kids hungry?

School officials still struggling with keeping students healthy

September 19, 2012
The Dudley-Charlton Regional School district is grappling with how to keep in line with new state and federal school lunch standards while keeping their students full and focused.

This school year marks the introduction of regulations mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, but according to superintendent Sean Gilrein, the students don't seemed pleased with the changes that come along with it.

"What caught my eye initially was the sheer waste of food," he said of seeing students throwing away the fruits and vegetables that now must be part of every meal the district serves. "For the first time kids don't have the opportunity to say, 'No, thank you,' and instead, we're seeing them just toss it."

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