Menomonie school district wants student input on lunch program

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MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Students at Menomonie High School have some ideas of what they would like to see on their plate when the lunch bell rings.

"Lasagna or steak if we could get that in there," said Austin Freeland, a student.

They eat the food -- and soon they will have a say in what food they will be eating.

"What I do is walk through the cafeteria and talk to the kids and find out what they like, and what their opinion is about the foods we are serving," said Michelle Kloser, the Food Services Director in Menomonie.

Kloser is in her first year as the Food Services Director in Menomonie. She wants to create a group of students that would taste test and pitch new meal ideas.

"That would be awesome because then you could decide what meals are better for the school and stuff," said Chase Morgan, a student at Menomonie High School.

And she has also got some other plans on her plate.

"One of my goals here is also to introduce the kids to a variety of fruits and vegetables, not only in the garden bar but also incorporate it into some of the entrees," Kloser said.

She is also hoping to have more meals made from scratch. The district's already been doing that with some soups and salads.

It is an idea that sits well with students like Robert Walls.

"Home cooked meals, like your mom makes, that would be kinda good," he said.

Austin Freeland has liked some of the healthier options.

"One of my personal favorites lately is the Chinese selection they've been giving us, like stir fry and stuff, it's supposed to be healthy and really good," Freeland said.

A give and take -- giving students a say in what they eat, hoping they also take away some new food options for their own future.

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