FOREST, Va. -

The people who feed your children are learning healthier ways to cook.

Public schools are being forced to make changes to their cafeteria meals this year as part of the Federal "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act."

Starting this fall every bread or grain item served must be "whole grain rich."

Tuesday, cafeteria managers from Bedford County and Lynchburg got recipe demonstrations from Rich's Foods.  Chefs from the company, which provides ingredients for school lunches, showed the school cooks how to make foods that meet the new guidelines.

"Whole grains help to round out a student's overall diet," said Karen Arthur, nutrition manager for Bedford County Public Schools.  "They contain less sugar and they have a lot of other nutrients and vitamins, which they may not necessarily get with white bread items."

Rich's Foods plans to hold similar demonstrations for Craig County and Roanoke schools in the coming weeks.