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Will 3 million kids eat broccoli for lunch?

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Six U.S. school districts, serving a combined total of nearly 3 million lunches every school day, have formed an alliance to keep costs down and the quality of food up, the Associated Press reports.

To kick off the program, all six districts served the same menu Wednesday — "chicken, brown rice with seasoned black beans, steamed green broccoli, fresh fruit and milk."

Urban school districts in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, New York City, Miami and Orlando are participating in the lunch planning effort. 

A spokeswoman from New York said the districts also will also use their collective power to bulk purchase ancillary items, like lunch trays.