Virginia public schools get a D for cuisine

Apparently Virginia schoolchildren are not the only ones who would rather pack their lunch than eat cafeteria food. The Old Dominion received a D for the food sold at its public schools from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The public advocacy group based its 50-state study on the health value of foods sold in cafeterias, vending machines, and at school stores.

As reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, commonwealth officials say the study is flawed because it doesn't take into account efforts made at the local level to improve student eating habits. In fact, Albemarle County's own Agnor-Hurt Elementary was cited for its daily salad offerings, its choosing baking over frying, and fun fruit taste tests. That's not to mention how Albemarle school officials removed french fries from the a la carte menu in high schools.

The CSPI bestowed the highest grade on Kentucky with an A-. Ironically enough, this is the same group that's busy suing the Bluegrass State's most famous export, Kentucky Fried Chicken, for making chicken that contains (gasp!) a lot of fat.

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