SOUTHEASTERN NC (WECT) – Believe it or not, salads are pretty popular lunch items in one local elementary school cafeteria.
In fact, during a recent lunch-hour rush, cafeteria workers at Edgewood Elementary School in Whiteville were making extras to keep up with the demand.
It's part of the district's emphasis on health eating.
"The fresher, the more nutrient rich, the better for the children's bodies," said Kathryn Faulk, child nutrition services director for Whiteville City Schools.
The district not only tries to serve more fruits and vegetables – they're also focused on buying from local sources.
"I would say 99 percent of the sweet potatoes that we buy, the fresh sweet potatoes that we buy, are grown in Columbus County," said Faulk.