This school year, districts across the country, including Bibb, must roll out new meal patterns mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids act of 2010 spelled out a number of requirements to make school lunches healthier.
For instance, there needs to be more whole grain, less sodium and trans fats, and healthier milk.
Bibb County School Nutrition Director Cleta Long says they had a head start on many of the changes, but this year, they implemented bigger servings, tailored for different age groups.They're also serving more fruits and vegetables.
She says the goal is to teach long-lasting healthy habits.
"The cafeteria is to be a learning lab," she said, "Where they learn what are the proper foods and what are the portions and sizes they should eat. Then that translated on to home and to be able to also say to parents, kids can say to parents, you know, this is what we're having at school, how about lets try this, or I tried that at school, and I really like it."