Dozens of kindergarteners lined up in the cafeteria at Alexander II Magnet School, eyeing their lunch options. On the menu that Tuesday, the students could choose between chicken patty sandwiches, spaghetti with meat sauce and an array of fruits and vegetables.
A stack of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches sat tucked away between whole wheat rolls and to-go boxes of Asian chicken salad. Bibb County offers the sandwiches as a supplement to the regular menu every day at lunch, but staff are asked not to widely advertise that to students.
At a table in the back corner of the lunch room, five kids giggled between bites of food. They were all eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cherry-flavored yogurt.
Cucumbers, carrots and baked sweet potato fries also filled the compartments of students’ plastic lunch trays, but they sat mostly untouched.
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