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JUST ASK SHANE: No More Chili & Cinnamon Rolls at Richland Schools?

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RICHLAND, WA - A lot of us have favorite memories of our time in elementary school.  Some of them even revolve around the food they served in the cafeteria.  William sent me an email asking, "Richland Schools have served chili & cinnamon rolls for more than 40 years in their cafeterias.  I just found out they've stopped this tradition.  Can you find out why?"

William... this all has to do with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that Congress passed in 2010.  It gave the USDA authority to set nutritional standards for school lunches, like requiring more fruits and vegetables, setting calorie limits, and requiring that all breads must be at least 51% whole grain.

That's where Richland's cinnamon rolls come in.  The district tried to find a cinnamon roll product that met the requirements, but they were either too small, or didn't taste very good.  So now, they're serving a honey corn biscuit with chili, instead of cinnamon rolls.

"Kids have a lot more and different choices than they used to, and we're trying to expose them to healthy choices that frankly a lot of kids may not get at home," said Mark Panther with the Richland School District.

The district is hoping the honey corn biscuits will start a new tradition for the next generation of Bombers.  But if you've got a craving for those old cinnamon rolls, you can find the recipe posted on the Richland HS alumni website, www.richlandbombers.com.

Remember, if you've got a question about something going on in our community... send it my way.  You can reach me in the newsroom at (509) 737-6738, or send me an email at JustAskShane@nbcrightnow.com
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