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THREE PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICTS HONORED FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAMS

THREE PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICTS HONORED FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAMS
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recognized three Pennsylvania school districts for their outstanding school breakfast and lunch programs.
 "Nearly 500,000 Pennsylvania children receive federal and state supported school breakfasts and lunches to help them better perform in school and life," state Education Secretary Donald M. Carroll said.
 "This national recognition is a tribute to school districts' exemplary efforts to prepare our children to achieve more in school and a recognition of Pennsylvania's solid financial support of school breakfast and lunch programs," Carroll said.
 Gov. Robert P. Casey has made expansion of Pennsylvania's school breakfast and lunch programs a top priority of his administration by tripling state financial support to encourage wider participation by school districts.
 The three districts were selected as regional winners of "best practices" awards, which encourage and reward outstanding practices in school food service.
 One national winner will be selected in each of nine categories. An awards ceremony will be held in October in Washington, D.C.
 Pennsylvania's regional winners and their categories are:
 -- Conestoga Valley School District, Lancaster County, "Innovative Cafeteria Practices," for renovating the Conestoga Valley Senior High School kitchen, serving area and dining room, and for allowing students to choose among hot platters, a health bar or hot/cold sandwich combinations.
 -- Philadelphia City School District, "School Breakfast Program Expansion," for a 24 percent increase in student participation by expanding its menus and by increasing internal advertising and promotion.
 -- Pittsburgh School District, "Creative Menu Planning," for forming a committee that develops menus by conducting student taste tests and using available USDA commodities.
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