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New cafeteria to now provide healthier meals and options to students

CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Corning schools have updated their cafeterias to give its students  more healthier options.

The renovation has replaced older equipment that dates back to the 1960s. This allows for some of the food to be preserved at a safe temperature, avoiding any food-bourne illnesses.

Some of the new items on the menu include fresh fruit, steamed vegetables, cheese sticks, whole grain pizza, bagels, and pasta.

"It gives them student access to the fruits and vegetables, keeps things cold, and our hope is that we can continue this through other schools in our region," Joe Kilmer, the food services director for the Greater Southern Tier BOCES, said. "We service other schools through our food service program." 

Most of the food being provided to these schools are locally grown and produced in New York.

"It's really important to have a healthy lunch during lunch time," Micheala Jo Clarkson, a fifth grader, explained, "(because) when you get back to class you don't feel you can't learn because you don't feel sick."

This is the fifth out of six elementary schools in Corning that have updated their cafeteria to insure meals are safe for students.

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