Local congressman visits Springfield Elementary for lunch

Bill Johnson went to the cafeteria to see how it's handling the Smarter Lunchrooms program, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture

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NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Congressman Bill Johnson visited Springfield Elementary on Tuesday to learn more about the school’s lunch program.

He went to the cafeteria to see how it’s handling the Smarter Lunchrooms program, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Congressman Bill Johnson had lunch at Springfield Elementary.

The goal is to help students make healthy choices by placing healthier items in strategic locations.

“We keep providing new things. We’ve had to go to whole grains, we’ve had to go to the fruits and vegetables with stringent guidelines, and to follow those on a regular basis,” said Joyce Dicks, the district’s food service supervisor.

She does wish the reimbursement for the program was higher.

“A lot of [the food is] costly and a lot of them aren’t the kids’ favorite. Kids want french fries daily. We can’t offer them french fries daily.”

At Springfield Elementary, over 50 percent of students buy lunch and over a quarter of them buy a salad.