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Summit Monday on state of food served to South Bay elementary students

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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - Officials who decide what food South Bay children eat at their elementary schools will convene for a summit Monday on how to serve healthy and fresh food.

Food service directors from the Chula Vista Elementary School District, National Elementary School District, San Ysidro School District and South Bay Union School District will gather at Otay Ranch High School to tour its food court and sample the school's food options, said Lillian Leopold, spokeswoman for Sweetwater Union High School District.

The food samples will include salad cups, rice bowls, noodle dishes and nutritional smoothies, all of which are offered regularly to Otay Ranch students, Leopold said.

The school's year-old food court has been redesigned to look like the food court at a mall, allowing students to go to different stations to pick up their food, she said.

"There are also really cool graphic signs and flat screen TVs," she said.

Food service directors will also hear a presentation from Green Bellies, a San Diego-based food company that makes healthy pita-pocket style meals and snacks.

The aim of the summit is to create a network of food service professionals who can work together on building a progressive school food program for students from elementary through high school, Leopold said.

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