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New school lunch program emphasizes fresh local fare made from scratch

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    Students provide feedback about Kohala Elementary School’s new lunches, which provide far more fresh, made-from-scratch food. Among comments: Food on the new menu is “very yummy.”

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    Chef Greg Christian gives a knife-skill demonstration to Kohala Elementary School cafeteria workers.

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    Gigi Alcoran prepares mixed vegetables for Kohala Elementary and High School students.

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    9-year-old Marley Yamamoto, right, serves Kohala Elementary School classmates alongside 10-year-old Maekayela Galam.

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    Kohala Elementary School student Elijah Perez, 5, examines the teriyaki chicken in his lunch, which also includes fresh-cooked vegetables, orange slices and brown rice.

Revamping lunches at Kohala Elementary School is the first step in a state pilot project under the Farm to School Initiative, with its ambitious aims to source locally grown food for public-school lunches, prepare meals from scratch and reduce food waste. Read more

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