From mangoes to zucchini, Irving ISD asks students to broaden their taste buds

By Avi Selk, Dallas Morning News, September 27, 2013

Let’s just call the test a success.

Kids in the lunch line got something extra Friday. And while one girl covered her mouth and searched for a trash bin, most of her schoolmates at Brandenburg Elementary wolfed the mango down and liked it.

That was good news for Irving ISD’s nutrition chief Michael Rosenberger, who paced the cafeteria on the first day of a campaign to slip new fruits and veggies into students’ diets.

One day a month for the rest of the year, every student in the district will be offered a new fruit or vegetable cup at lunch. The Sample Something New campaign starts out easy with mango but ramps up to squash and zucchini by the spring — a prospect that had at least one cafeteria worker nervous.

Besides exposing the district’s 28,500 low-income students to healthier diets than they might get at home, the campaign doubles as a taste test. The most popular fruits and vegetables might end up in the regular lunch lineup.

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