Amarillo, TX - Amarillo ISD is making lunches more nutritious for students through a new program.
They are in the process of opening a central bakery, that will bring fresh bread products to all 53 of its schools.
Next year the USDA will require whole grains in every product fed to students.
Brent Hoover with AISD dining services says having the bakery will help to quickly adjust recipes to meet USDA standards.
"This will help us achieve that objective and also be able to try different recipes that are acceptable to our kids and also meet the USDA requirement."
Amarillo ISD says the bakery is not the only change they are making.
"One of the things we are really going to focus on is in house production, not just the bakery. One of the things we have been working with the school and some vendors is using recipes that are in-house recipes. That we have tried on the kids and they are tried and true and really ones that kids like."
AISD is estimating the bakery could save the district $45,000 a year, while also adding 5 jobs to the Amarillo economy.
Hoover says the main goal is to provide a nutritious meal to more students.
"Our focus is to get more kids to eat. And we know that if you have quality product that is in-house, its more likely that they will eat better day. And that is really where our focus is. We will continue to do products and menu items that we can produce in house."