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      Program gives St. Louis students better lunches

      St. Louis students are getting healthier lunch options thanks to SLU's department of nutrition.
      Students at Marian Middle School in St. Louis don't get the usual school lunch of chicken fingers, pizza or fries, thanks to a program operated by Saint Louis University. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/OjPHpb ) reports that SLU's Department of Nutrition and dietetics makes meals at Marian, a Catholic school for low-income girls in St. Louis, and at City Garden Montessori School. Students get healthier cuisine, from vegetarian lentil soup to chicken teriyaki with sesame broccoli and brown rice. Much of the meat and produce comes from local farmers. Steve Jenkins, director of the university's Food Innovation and Entrepreneur Program, says the program has been a success. Many of the students say they've grown to like the healthier food. Some even ask for bigger helpings of broccoli.