Pinellas County schools breakfast and lunch menus now offering vegan and gluten-free items – ABC Action News

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Vegan chili. Teriyaki beef. Vegan quesadillas. Chicken and waffles.

Farm-to-table produce.

Menu choices at a fancy restaurant? Nope.

The breakfast and lunch menus will look vastly different when school opens Wednesday in Pinellas County.

And they are pretty darn cool.

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Healthy and hip is the new direction for the Pinellas County School District thanks to forward-thinking folks Food and Nutrition Department.

Vegan and gluten-free items will now be available. A kid-created menu will feature such delicious, if surprising, fare as blueberry scones.

Other changes will include:

  • Food trays will now be biodegradable, with some even made out of wheatgrass.
  • Much of the fruits and vegetables served will be farm-to-table, delivered straight from Tampa Bay crops.
  • Free breakfast is always available.
  • A pilot program to decrease waste in an Earth-conscious manner will involve composting on school sites.

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