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Mixed reaction from parents, cooks on healthier school lunches

It's causing mixed reactions among parents and the cooks. It's causing mixed reactions among parents and the cooks.
KELSO, MO (KFVS) -

You may have noticed schools across the country and here at home are serving-up healthier lunches for students.

But it's causing mixed reactions among parents and the cooks.

Not many parents are against healthier options, but some are noticing their kids aren't eating the food provided.

It's something one cook is noticing firsthand.

"I'm just trying to do the best I can," said Laura Orr, the cook at Kelso, Mo. C-7. "I'm a one-man show. I just do what I can".

She says the healthier meals have been an adjustment for both her and her eaters.

"It makes it a little bit more difficult for me to be creative to try coming up with something they will eat," said Orr.

Student Katie Blattle says she sees the benefits of better food. But like many students she's not completely sold on the program.

"If they are going to have chicken nuggets," said Orr. "I try and add carrots that they don't eat quite as well. But they eat the chicken nuggets so I'm pulling them in with the chicken nuggets and trying to get them to eat like the carrots."

And what do parents think about the changes? We asked parents to respond on our Facebook page:

Jason Martin says his kids come home starving cause they don't get enough.

Tina Withrow says her daughter likes the lunches at school, and has developed a liking for whole wheat bread and raw broccoli.

Linda Massey says my son now takes his lunch because he won't eat what the school fixes for lunch and he's not coming hungry.

Elizabeth Essex says that she looks at her daughter's lunch menu and is amazed at the variety. She also loves that they limit things like pizza.

These changes are the biggest update to federal standards in 15 years. The USDA guidelines set limits on calories and salt and add whole grains.

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