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Salad bars and salmon burgers: Solana Beach transforms school lunch

Salad bars and salmon burgers: Solana Beach transforms school lunch

It’s lunchtime at Solana Ranch Elementary School in Carmel Valley and students are hitting the salad bar before picking up a yogurt parfait with strawberries and granola. That’s right: the school has a salad bar and kids are willingly eating their veggies.

Solana Beach School District’s school lunch participation has jumped 14 percent since the district transformed its lunch program, implementing 30 fresh new recipes with a renewed focus on healthy, good-for-you food that kids will actually eat and enjoy. The highest increase was seen at Solana Highlands Elementary School with a 28 percent jump in participation.

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