Healthy Lunches Costing Milford Schools Big Money - NBC Connecticut

Healthy Lunches Costing Milford Schools Big Money

Fewer students are buying school lunches since the district switched to healthier meals.



    The Best Holiday Gifts of 2017

    The Milford School District is losing money now that it's serving healthier food to students.

    The district changed its lunchtime options this year to abide by the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, but kids are buying fewer of the school-offered healthy options. Milford schools have already lost more than $100,000 since the change.

    “That's interesting.  I would think that it would increase rather than decrease, but what do you know, people have different tastes,” said Chris Pavelko, a Milford parent.

    Under the new guidelines, students get more fruits and vegetables and less fat and salt in their diets.  They are healthier food options that not all students care for.   

    “We always throw some apple or fruit of some kind, nuts, snacks, that are healthy, but of course they always want the sweet stuff,” said Pavelko.

    Parents say healthy eating also starts at home, so students who already eat healthy probably don't mind the change.

    “We eat pretty healthy at home.  We eat lots of veggies and the fruits, so probably there's no problem for my kids,” said Shufang Chang.

    The school district hopes as more students get used to the healthier meals, revenue will return to normal.

    Get the latest from NBC Connecticut anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android