Taste test to choose new school cafeteria food

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GRAHAM, N.C. -- More than a quarter of children in Alamance County are "food insecure," meaning they don't know when or where they'll get their next meal. So the meals students get at school are especially important -- and school officials want to make sure the meals are both nutritious and what students enjoy eating.

Thursday, a food truck visited Graham Middle School for students to sample a new lunch option. If they like it -- it will be added to the menu full-time.

"The breakfast and the lunch they consume at school is pretty much the meal they get until they come back to school the next morning," said Pamela Bailey, Alamance-Burlington School System's executive director of child nutrition. "To me, letting [students] participate and make that decision is something that makes them important. If they tell me they don't like it, then I won't bring it in."

Students sampled "Tornados", crispy shells filled with different proteins.

Most students liked them and were grateful they had the chance to have a say on their cafeteria menu.

"It's incredible that we get to choose what we get to eat," said sixth grader Charisma. "It's a privilege."

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