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School Lunches Made From Scratch

KALONA, Iowa (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-Many schools are finding alternative ways to make healthy meals for their students.

Some schools have even built gardens on campus to help grow veggies and spices.

The Mid-Prairie School District started making school lunches from scratch a few years ago.

But when new meal regulations changed last year, they started making everything from scratch.

"In my kitchen most of the things are homemade," Martha Benedict said.

Benedict makes different mexican dishes, mashed potatoes, wraps and even humus in her kitchen.

"I love to make bread. It's so rewarding and neat," she said.

Homemade goodies that the says the kids love.

"It tastes so good," 5th grader Keaton said.

He volunteers in the kitchen and helps Martha serve.

Food that comes from their garden that the 4th graders plant. They plant tomatoes, basil, spices and other veggies.

"I like to serve food in Martha's kitchen," Emily said.

Both 4th and 5th graders volunteer to serve and help out in the kitchen.

A routine that school officials said help the students learn to grow and serve healthy foods.

"I heard stories that people would take the bread off the shrimp and not eat the whole thing because it was bad," Emily said.

Dishes that the kitchen helpers said are their favorite- shrimp poppers, orange chicken and pigs in the blanket.

Menus that not only the students love to eat but the cooks love to mix.

"It's a lot of fun." the Nutrition Director Amber Kempf said. "I don't want to open up something from a box."

Foods that the school continues to share with students.

Both breakfast and lunch are served from Martha's kitchen which provides healthy foods for the students at Washington Township Elementary.

Last year, they built three raised gardens using grant money.Those gardens helped expand their menus.


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