Editor’s note: This story originally was published Nov. 9, 2014 in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Gone are the days of nachos with ground beef and cheese, fried french toast sticks or a bagel with butter for lunch and juice from concentrate to wash it down.

In their place at St. Therese Chinese Catholic School in Chinatown: honey mustard chicken with a salad of organic romaine and tomato; oven-roasted chili lime drumsticks from chickens raised on a nearby farm; homemade granola bars.

As the White House’s battle for healthy school lunches comes under fire from lobbyists, students and lunch ladies, two Chicago-area Catholic schools have implemented a homemade, organic and produce-heavy lunch program that has the support of kids, parents and school administrators.

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