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Make Healthier School Meals
West Virginia is a national leader in the campaign for healthier school food. Soda and junk food machines are out of elementary schools. By the end of 2014, the state Office of Child Nutrition had trained cooks from every county to stop reheating processed food and cook from scratch. Through the purchase of new equipment, cooks were able to process big volumes of fresh ingredients quickly.
Cooks trained cooks. “Cooks who were used to reheating processed food often worried that they couldn’t get meals cooked in time if they use fresh ingredients,” Cabell County cook, Alice Gue, one of the trainers. “We show them ways they can do it. It’s a lot better for the kids.”