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A rainbow of eats

Healthier food options rolled out at Riverside

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Riverside High School students Christyn Wietholter, left, and Hailee Shultz make their way Thursday through the salad bar line at the school cafeteria. The salad bar and other healthier options were unveiled this year at the school. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

A lot of slicing, dicing and advanced preparation is required for a healthier food program that was rolled out this year at Riverside Schools, but the cafeteria employees say the extra effort is worthwhile because students and staff are reaping the benefits of the new program.

A salad bar option now is available every day for lunch in addition to the hot meal option. During Thursday’s lunch period, pupils piled fresh vegetables on beds of lettuce and topped off their salads with croutons and crunchy Chinese noodles.

“The kids love it,” said Stacie Newman, EMIS coordinator, who helped to start the program with head cook Brenda Kauppinen.

“We were surprised to find out that the salad bar is especially popular with our elementary school students. They can’t get enough of it.”

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