- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Students in Boston’s public schools will enjoy healthier, more locally sourced food and get a bigger say in planning menus under a new food service contract.

The $12.2 million-per-year, three-year contract with Whitsons Culinary Group was revealed Tuesday.

Whitsons, the incumbent, retained the contract by outbidding two other companies.

The Boston Globe (https://bit.ly/1BeaEpj ) reports that as part of the deal, the school system will also resume a pilot salad bar project at six schools. A previous salad bar option has been discontinued.

Students will take part in quarterly taste-tests to keep administrators informed of likes and dislikes.

Boston Public Schools says it serves approximately 11 million meals a year to more than 57,000 students.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, https://www.bostonglobe.com

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