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At local elementary school Peanut Butter, Jelly Time is NOT Friday

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It's seems it is not peanut butter jelly time at Henderson elementary schools, at least on Fridays. 

The lunch time favorite has been taken off the menu, and that's not welcomed news.

The Henderson School Board says they are taking PB and J off the Friday lunch menu at elementary schools in order to meet the requirements passed down by the USDA.
 
On Monday, we spoke to a few local students to get their take on the situation, and received mixed reviews.

When asked if it bothers Adrian Posey that they're going to stop serving peanut butter and jelly on Fridays, he said," Yes! Because, I really love peanut butter sandwiches."

Posey is a fourth grader at East Heights Elementary School in Henderson. He's one of many students who will no longer have the option of PB and J on Fridays.

"That is due to our new regulations based upon the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act," said Sabrina Jewell, the Director of Child Nutrition for Henderson Schools.

Signed into law by President Obama in 2010, and amended in 2012, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act calls for regulations on students' caloric intake during school lunches.

"For the elementary schools, we were over on our breads and our calories. To bring that into compliance, we have opted to not offer the peanut butter and jelly on Fridays," Jewell said.

In addition to the removal of PB and J on Fridays, the school corporation has handed out lunch guides to cafeteria staffers in order to make sure students are eating what the government mandates.

"Every meal that we serve, we get money back from the government. So, if we don't meet the guidelines, they don't pay us the money," Jewell said.

14 News asked some students how healthy they think the lunches are.

"On a scale of one to ten, they're probably an eight," 4th grader Coltan Evans said. 

Students now know that eating healthy sometimes means making changes and that's something they're ok with.

Jewell says reconstructing the elementary schools' lunch menu was difficult. She says if you would like to suggest alternative changes, you are encouraged to contact the Henderson County School Board.

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