Donna Lombardi, nutrition director for Worcester Public Schools, reports a 15 percent increase in participation since the system began offering more whole grains and fresh produce, baking its own muffins, serving baked or rotisserie chicken in lieu of nuggets and patties, and taking other steps toward better nutrition.
That's right: they made it healthier...and more kids bought it! Excellent news. If you go through the photo gallery, there's also a nice photo of the vegetables and fruits from local farms at Gates Lane.
And for those of you wondering: yes, Worcester's school lunch program does support itself.
h/t to Nicole for this one