When the healthy school lunch program was enacted over a year ago, it brought a lot of changes for the school lunch program making those healthier options. Some school district superintendents across the area say it's been a little bit of a challenge.
"Not being able to do some of the things we wanted to do has made that pretty difficult," says Ryan Terwilliger the superintendent of the Malcolm Public School District.
Terwilliger says the district has had its growing pains adjusting to the new healthier lunch options, the big one, making sure the kids are full. "That's a little more difficult now than it was before."
Terwilliger says the program treats every student the same in terms of portions. "Trying to find that balance and give kids what they need."
Beth Nacke is the nutrition coordinator at Raymond Public Schools and she says the amount of food given to the students is a concern.
"When you get older kids like this, after school, they're not going home they're going to practice until 6 at night."
However students can have more food, on their dime.
"You hear that several times a day...'is that all I get?'," said Nacke.
And Nacke also sees more brown bags creeping into the lunch rooms.
"We seem to have an increase in sack lunches particularly here in the high school," said Nacke.
Either way for Terwilliger the program seems to be in place for the long haul in his school district.
"There's just too much money for us to leave on the table," said Terwilliger.