NWA school district uses 'private' cooks for kids

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Bentonville School District is hoping a private company can save the district money while also providing students better tasting, nutritious lunches.

The district began using Aramark this year after running a deficit in its school lunch program the past two years. Steve Smay, director of the Bentonville program and an Aramark general manager, says company does more cooking from scratch, uses fewer prepackaged foods, and more whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Philadelphia-based Aramark serves more than 500 school districts in the country.

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