Kids weigh in on potential cafeteria food at taste test fair

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SANDY — Students from across the state spent Friday giving grades instead of getting them. They are judging food that could be in their cafeterias next year.

The UCare 2010 Food Fair was held at the Canyons Administrative Building at 9150 S. 500 West in Sandy Friday morning. Kids ranging from 1st grade to 12th grade sampled breakfast and lunch items, then rated them to help decide which foods will make up next year’s school menus.

“I liked the whole wheat pancakes,” said one 8th-grader from Alpine.

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