Kids weigh in on potential cafeteria food at taste test fair

Susan S. Johnson

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SANDY — Students from across the state spent Friday giving grades instead of getting them. They are judging food that could be in their cafeterias next year.

The UCare 2010 Food Fair was held at the Canyons Administrative Building at 9150 S. 500 West in Sandy Friday morning. Kids ranging from 1st grade to 12th grade sampled breakfast and lunch items, then rated them to help decide which foods will make up next year’s school menus.

“I liked the whole wheat pancakes,” said one 8th-grader from Alpine.

The pizza sticks and shrimp poppers were popular. “We did a lot of smiley faces,” said a group of 5th-graders from East Sandy Elementary School.

Yogurt, peanut butter sandwiches, crackers, juice and slushies also got rave reviews.

Administrators say this event will help them work out their menus for next year as they look to waste less food and make menus healthier.

Some say it’s not just the normal things that kids are liking these days either. They’ve noticed more kids enjoying rice bowls, orange chicken and spicier foods as they either come from different cultural backgrounds or are more willing to give those foods a try.

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