Kansas school lunch recipe challenge focuses on local ingredients

Kyleen Harris, food service director at Manhattan Catholic Schools, serves and explains the locally grown ingredients in each of the three food items that were tested at the school Thursday.

MANHATTAN — Although they could tell the pumpkin bars were “sandier” than they were used to, the Manhattan Catholic Schools students loved them all the same.

The students were going through the lunch line when they noticed a few items they had never seen before, like the pumpkin bars. Another was a mixture of granola that included big bits of wheat that were unlike anything they’d ever had at school lunch before. Ditto for the strange, dark purple applesauce that seemed to have a special ingredient that gave it a tart, if “earthy,” flavor.

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