The majority of elementary school parents, 63 percent, and middle school parents, 61 percent, indicated overall satisfaction with the current lunch program (result summaries are attached to this story).
However, respondents said there were several areas for improvement such as nutrition, the posting of information like ingredients, food preparation and lunch line wait times, according to the survey.
The survey was created with input from the district's two food service committees, which included parents and students. The committees meet monthly with Quest Food Management Services, the district's lunch provider, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Lombard-based Quest Food Management, which has been serving schools since 1985, aims to give students "fresher, more wholesome, made from scratch food," according to its Website.
The district's lunch menu includes kid favorites like pizza, chiceken nuggets and hot dogs. However, most of the breads and rolls are whole wheat, 100 percent pure beef is used in the hamburgers and hot dogs and turkey sausage is used for breakfast and on pizza, according to the district.
Students also have access to an unlimited fruit and veggie bar, half of which is organic, for an extra cost. They also have a choice of milk including organic and soy. Soda is not offered.
"The response is very positive," said district food service director Anne Simons about how the kids like the healthier food choices," reported the Chicago Tribune. "For the last five years since Quest, we've been serving all these items, so now we're only offering brown rice, and it's been a very positive response. We have high participation."
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