Washington to weigh nutrition reform efforts
By Monica Eng | Tribune reporter
June 11, 2009
An entree of nachos, smothered with cheese and meat, is often consumed with chocolate milk for lunch, at Von Steuben Metro Science High School. (Chicago Tribune photo by Alex Garcia / June 10, 2009)
It's lunchtime in a North Side high school, and the cafeteria lines snake into the hall. One line leads to fish nuggets, iceberg lettuce and canned peaches. Another is for burgers and breaded chicken patty sandwiches.
But the longest line leads to lunch workers grabbing paper dishes full of yellow corn chips, topping them with a ball of ground meat and then smothering the ensemble in hot orange cheese product.
Nachos, once an occasional indulgence at the ballpark or a festival, have become a staple entree in the Chicago Public Schools and other districts. The dish is on the menu every
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