NEW YORK (AP) - Urban school districts in California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas are joining forces to coordinate their school lunch planning.
A spokeswoman for New York City schools said Wednesday the coordinated lunch planning will help the districts keep costs down while providing healthful food choices.
She said the districts also will purchase ancillary items like trays in bulk.
To kick off the effort, students in all six districts were being served the same lunch on Wednesday. The menu included chicken, brown rice with seasoned black beans, steamed green broccoli, fresh fruit and milk.
In addition to New York City, the alliance includes public schools in Chicago; Los Angeles; Dallas; and Miami and Orlando in Florida.
The six districts serve a total of nearly 3 million lunches every school day.
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June 19 is National Dine Out Day. Restaurants and vendors across the country are contributing a percentage of their revenues for the day to the NJ Relief Fund to benefit Superstorm Sandy victims.
A car crashed into a building on 2nd Avenue and East 4th Street in the East Village on Wednesday morning. At least eight people were injured, three in serious condition, according to FDNY officials.
A car jumped the curb on 2nd Avenue and East 4th Street in the East Village on Wednesday morning injuring eight people. Witnesses say the Nissan was traveling at a high speed before it took out the store front, trees, bicycles, a light post and a fire hydrant.
Riders should anticipate some changes but "near normal" service on the Long Island Rail Road for the morning rush. Crews have been working to repair tracks and switches after Monday's derailment.