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Group gives St. Louis Schools an 'F' for lunch menu


St. Louis, Mo. – The lunches served at St. Louis Public Schools have among the worst nutritional value of the 22 largest school districts that take part in the National School Lunch Program.

That's according to a study by a doctors group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The group found that school lunches still feature menus packed with unhealthy options and are short on nutritious vegetarian dishes.

2007 School Lunch Report Card

School District Score Grade
Pinellas County Schools (FL) 94 A
Charlotte Schools (NC) 92 A-
Fairfax County Schools (VA) 92 A-
San Diego School District (CA) 89 B+
Miami-Dade Schools (FL) 89 B+
Montgomery County Schools (MD) 87 B+
Oakland School District (CA) 84 B
Sacramento City School District (CA) 84 B
Volusia County Schools (FL) 84 B
DeKalb County Schools (GA) 80 B-
Capistrano School District (CA) 79 C+
Davis School District (UT) 77 C+
Santa Ana School District (CA) 75 C
Milwaukee Public Schools (WI) 72 C-
Orange County Public Schools (FL) 67 D+
Omaha Public Schools (NE) 66 D
Anchorage School District (AK) 60 F
Hancock County Schools (WV) 59 F
Ysleta School District (TX) 58 F
Jordan County School District (UT) 56 F
St. Louis School District (MO) 53 F

Superintendent Diana Bourisaw says officials will closely study the findings and would welcome collaborative efforts to improve nutrition.

"Parents have a right to know that the food their children are eating at school is nutritious and healthy," she said, in a statement. "We take the health of our students seriously. A review of our lunch program would be in the best interest of our kids."

The group that performed the study is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventative medicine.

"If your family lives in San Diego; Fairfax, Va.; Charlotte, N.C.; or Pinellas County, Fla., your child will find healthy vegetarian options most days of the week," says PCRM dietitian Dulcie Ward, in a statement. "But if your home is in Atlanta; St. Louis, Omaha or Anchorage, your child may have a tough time finding healthy food."

More than 30 million children participate in the $8 billion program nationwide.