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In Irving, A Surprise In The Lunch Line: Mango

Irving ISD students got a surprise in their lunches on Friday – mango.

The Irving ISD Food and Nutritional Services department launched a new campaign that encourages students to try a new fruit or vegetable for free.

The program, called “Sample Something New,” launched on Friday.

The mango, which is native to South Asia, kicked off the program. One food will be served each month. Next up: Blackberries, which will be served Oct. 25. Brussels sprouts will be prepared on Nov. 15. Other foods will include jicama, beets, red grapes, sugar snap peas, watermelon, and squash.

Irving ISD sent us some pictures of students enjoying the mango.

For more education news, check out KERA's Class of '17 blog.

Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.