Cafeteria staffs struggle with serving food they know will end up in the trash

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A second-grader took a few small bites of the rice and beans sitting on his tray, but his friend next to him left his serving untouched.

Sam Davis left his serving untouched because he thinks beans taste bad, no matter what they’re mixed with. Peyton Strunk, who was sitting at the same table, tried a few bites but didn’t like the rice and beans. Meanwhile, Kennedy Bay ate the lunch she brought from home because she doesn’t like many of the foods served in her school cafeteria, beans and rice included.

One after another, students at Northwood Elementary School in Franklin returned their lunch trays, and significantly more than half had a serving of rice and beans that looked untouched. And there’s only one place for that bean dish to go: into the trash.

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