CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte - Mecklenburg school (CMS) district is trying something new this school year when it comes to food. It is trying to get students hooked on more fruits and vegetables.
"To help conquer childhood obesity," Polo Ridge Elementary School Cafeteria Manager Nancy Somerville said. "By them eating fruits and vegetables and not so much junk food."
Each week students will get to try a new fruit or vegetable. This week it was blackberries.
"I have never tried a blackberry before." Polo Ridge ES 5th grader Nadia Stein said.
And it looks like the blackberries were a hit.
"Mmmmm they're good." Stein said.
The program is called Right Bites. It will feature a food not on the school menu. It started the beginning of the school year in a dozen CMS schools. So far students have tried watermelon, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and other foods.
"Next week it's going to be kiwi," Somerville said. "Then after that there are a variety of things we will try like plantains and one week beets."
Parents like this program. They say it's giving students a chance to taste foods they would not necessarily have the opportunity to eat. Parents also believe students eating a variety of fruits and vegetables during lunch will pay off.
"I think they'll have more energy," CMS Parent Jo Rinker said. "I think they'll be able to concentrate."
The program is only a few weeks old and administrators are already seeing a difference.
"I see an increase," Somerville said. "In more fruits and vegetables being purchased at lunch time. That's an exciting thing for me."