'Next Level:' Detroit High Schools Will Add Curbside Street Food to Lunch Choices

September 26, 2019, 9:14 AM

This novel idea may improve high school attendance as well as nutrition. Detroit teens can trade cafeteria trays for street food containers later this academic year.

Chalkbeat Detroit dishes details:

The Detroit school district plans to hand out lunch from food trucks in an effort to get students to eat more nutritious foods.

Two food trucks will circulate between high schools in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, bringing students food that isn't offered in the cafeteria. The meals will be prepared on the trucks.

A truck from the Canton company fabricating two vehicles this fall for Detroit Public Schools Community District. (Photo: Food Truck Shop)

And get this: Detroit's system will own and staff the trucks, being bought from the Food Truck Shop in Canton with a $307,000 federal school lunch program grant. 

They'll mainly rotate among 17 high schools, serving such fare as cheese steaks, tacos, noodle bowls and mac-and-cheese, Levin writes at the education news site.

The district describes its move as #nextlevelfood in a recent tweet. 

Chalkbeat adds context:

The district offers free breakfast and lunch to all of its roughly 50,000 students, but in recent years the participation rate has been stuck at around 70%. District officials hope that offering a "trendier food option" will encourage more students to pick up a school lunch, which must meet federal nutrition standards.

Read more:  Chalkbeat Detroit

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