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A few days ago the Dallas Independent School District sneak-peeked some new lunch offerings that’ll be available — gratis — to all students in the coming school year, now two whole weeks away. Problem is, the posting over on The Hub didn’t feature any photos of the new menu items. I can now see why: Hummus is decidedly not photogenic.
This is what DISD posted last week:
During lunches, new grab-and-go “Smart Boxes” will offer a variety of delicious offerings such as hummus, sandwiches, bistro salad samplers and wraps. New labels will be created for high school boxes that will feature calorie count, ingredients and top allergens to help students make the best choices for them. Packaging will be plant-based/compostable and be made of 50 percent recycled material.
Andre Riley, spokesman for the district, was kind enough to send me some photos so you can feast with your eyes. All three are the so-called “grab-and-go” options. First up is the Bistro Salad Sampler, which my son says was a teacher’s-only offering at his middle school last year:
Speaks for itself — shrugs for itself, actually, but I think we can all agree it’s gotta be better than this. Or, certainly, this. Or, for that matter, most school lunches across the country. Next up: the Harvest Salad.
If you’re wondering, those black plastic containers are holding cheese and a vinaigrette, because, as Riley says, “We’ve been going big on the vinaigrette.” And, finally: the Happy Ham Smart Box.
Looks like a … ham-and-cheese sandwich. Nitrates, man. Beware.
This is also on the menu this school year:
Besides serving healthy, nutritious meals during the school day, a goal is to encourage students to make healthier choices on their own. Initiatives include Harvest of the Month, which highlights a Texas-grown produce item and gives students the chance to taste it; and “Lean & Green Day,” which is designed to encourage students to replace meat with plant-based protein options one day a week.
Riley’s going to set up taste-tests for Leslie Brenner. I probably should tell Leslie Brenner. Fingers crossed, it’ll go like this: … [visit site to read more]