Miss. to improve quality of students' meals

(WMC-TV) - The state of Mississippi is getting ready to roll out new guidelines when it comes to what students will be served in school cafeterias.

This comes as new USDA guidelines take effect this school year on school lunches and breakfasts.

Miss. students can expect to see more fresh fruit, salads and veggies.

Instead of white bread, students will now be served whole grain. And treats such as pizza will have altered recipes.

Gail Kavanaugh, Child Nutrition Director in Vicksburg, said she hopes to see a healthier Miss.

"We want these children educated, we want them healthy and we want them out in society ready to be productive citizens… and to be a healthy workforce," Kavanaugh said.

The Miss. department of education says the state is ahead of the curve on a portion of the implementation thanks to requirements set by state lawmakers.

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