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Unsold lunches taking bite out of Madison school budget

Source: MGN Online Source: MGN Online

Madison County Schools are feeling students' financial wrath for service up lunches the kids don't like.

Thursday, the board approved a new $145 million budget, but not before a report from the Chief Financial Officer which said school lunches are taking a hit.

Since the federal government imposed new nutritional requirements on school lunches last year, students have been giving them a big ‘thumbs down,' so sales of school lunches have dropped off.

"We were required to change menus gradually over the last two years to meet federal guidelines, and in doing that, naturally there's an adjustment period for our students as to taste, and naturally our participation has gone down slightly," said CFO Karen O'Bannon.

O'Bannon said Madison school lunches are "hanging in there," in part because of the weak economy. While kids who have a choice are saying "no," more kids are getting the free or reduced-lunches the feds are helping pay for.

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