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Healthier school lunch

Chef Tom French, with the Experience Food Project, gives a Kindergartner a fist bump during a
Chef Tom French, with the Experience Food Project, gives a Kindergartner a fist bump during a "Taste, Talk and Try." The kids are encouraged to try different foods and talk about how they taste. (Dan Pelle)

I had so much fun reporting today's story on healthier school lunches at schools in Othello and Cheney, Wash.

This picture of chef Tom French giving one of the kids a fist bump for trying some of the new foods presented to them in the library is at the heart of the program. I had to share it, even though it didn't make it into today's newspaper.

The schools switched from last year's processed, eat-to-serve menus, to a from-scratch effort this year. Although it took kids some time to get used to the new foods, most are loving it now.

It was so fun to see what they would try... many of them were eating foods my own children wouldn't even think about touching. It gives me the courage to start trying more foods with my kids again.




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