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WHAT DO KIDS REALLY EAT AT SCHOOL?

What's in School Lunches and What Gets Thrown Out

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School lunch menus have gotten a lot healthier since the days of mystery meat and juice cocktails made of sweet powdered blends, but does that really mean your kids are eating well? Find out the statistics in the infographic below. You'll be surprised by how much of your child's lunch could be going to waste.

What Do Kids Really Eat At School?

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