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Students get chance to taste test their lunch menus

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PHOENIX -

Do you ever wonder how certain meals make it onto school lunch menus? Students are now getting a chance to decide what goes on their school menu.

The Roosevelt School District is allowing students to take part in a taste test to try out new foods for their menu. School nutrition leaders say the new food choices have fewer calories, less sodium, less fat, and more fresh fruits and vegetables.

"We thought here at Roosevelt it would be a great opportunity to share with the community, our children and their parents, some of the new foods we are using this year," said Jim Hemmen, Roosevelt School District nutritionist.

Students will now decide what they want to eat as part of their school lunch programs.

"We listen very carefully to what our customers say, if they're not eating our food that's a big problem and in today's world where we have a hunger issue with our children in our neighborhoods, all throughout our community, we need to really listen," Hemmen said.

"They try it, they fill out the slip, they circle a smiley face. If they don't like it, they circle the frown."

Once students choose their meals --- the school district makes sure the lunches meet USDA nutritional guidelines before putting them on the menu. The district is also partnering with the Arizona Department of Education.

Parents got to participate in the taste-testing too.

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