ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School System wants to ensure healthy meals for their students.
Fueling minds and bodies is the goal.
DCSS Nutrition Director Blaine Allen said about 800 students at Monroe High participate in the free breakfast and lunch programs offered.
He said breakfast and lunch follow strict USDA regulations.
They call it a five-star meal including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein and dairy.
Chefs like head chef Bradley Patterson is up early every morning to make healthy alternatives to kids' favorites like pizza, by using whole grains in the dough and low fat cheese.
“We want to make sure kids have the legumes. We want to make sure kids have the leafy green vegetables, which is all things that are healthy and help kids thrive not only in the classroom, but outside the classroom,” said Allen.
Another goal is to keep sodium levels low.
Allen explained students consume 26 percent of their sodium intake when kids eat at school.
At the end of the day, fast food restaurants are the biggest competition they face so if they can offer the same types of food but prepared more healthy than that can help enhance student’s overall health.