From ‘Meatless Mondays’ to taquitos, here’s what LA students will be eating this year

Aug 14, 2017 by

Early Friday morning, Javier Gutierrez and Judith Leano supervised as 57 boxes of taquitos, frozen hamburgers and other food were unloaded from a refrigerated truck and transferred to the kitchen at Alfred Bernhard Nobel Middle School in Northridge.

Inside the kitchen, workers scrubbed countertops, posted printouts of menus, sorted paperwork and dated boxes before stacking them in a walk-in freezer.

On Tuesday, hundreds of Los Angeles Unified School District campuses will open for the new year, and thousands of students will stream through cafeterias for breakfast, lunch and even “supper.” Eighty-four percent of students in the district are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, which are 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.

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At Nobel, kitchen staff will prepare and serve up to 1,300 breakfasts, 900 lunches and 600 suppers a day, according to Leano, food service manager at the school. Breakfast is served in classrooms, with students picking up carts stacked with thermal bags for hot and cold food from the kitchen and bringing them to their classes. Lunch is usually served in open-air courtyards. Supper is an after-school meal served at 2:30 or 3 p.m. Usually it’s prepackaged cold snacks such as crackers and cheese and juice.

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