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Big changes in IL school lunch rooms

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School Cafeterias are about to get a boost in nutrition after the USDA announced new nutritional standards in the lunch room.

Last week, the USDA banned several fatty foods from a la carte lines and vending machines.

The ice cream sundaes and chips at Quincy Public Schools will have to go as fruits and granola bars take their place.

Even the sports drinks high in calories got the boot as water, skim milk, and one hundred-percent juice is brought in.

"They will affect us," said Food Service Director Jean Kinder. "We'll be looking at all of our a la carte items that we're selling but it's something that we've already been moving in that direction."

Kinder says she's on board with the change.

"I'm all about what's good for kids and good nutrition is important for their health and their learning and so anything that improves that, I'm all for."

But soon-to-be Junior Abbey Evans says she and her friends are old enough to make their own choices.

"I think it's our choice to choose if we can eat it or drink it," said Evans. "I don't think it should be anybody else's decision."

Don't expect changes to happen soon. This doesn't go into affect until the fall of 2014.

And Kinder says the changes aren't as drastic as the menu changes the schools already got last year.

Bake Sales, treats for school parties, after-school snacks, and sporting even concessions are not affected by this change.

Entrees are already meeting guidelines and the State Board of Education already controls what a school can offer in those a la carte lunches for grades 8 and below. But the 9th graders and older students will notice this change.

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