At the end of the school year in May, we learned that we had received a California-grown Fresh School Meals grant from the California Department of Education. (Susi and I had worked on this many months before.) This grant allows us to start or grow many healthy eating initiatives on campus. Here are a few that we’ve created in the first few weeks of school.
Every month we host a Walk to School event. This year we are combining it with taste tests to promote breakfast and Harvest of the Month. Here we are at the starting point in town to hand out whole wheat muffins made with apples picked from our school garden. (A mom reached out to me the next day and asked for the recipe because her kids had raved about the sample! Success!)
Mr. Copelands serves up muffins with flair!
Carmen, our bilingual resource coordinator, is working with her parenting group to teach classes incorporating Harvest of the Month as well as replicating cafeteria recipes provided by Jeremy’s on the Campus to help promote school lunch. These parents have a blast cooking and learning together, and they are producing spectacular dishes! See the apple recipes below!
Finally, at Back to School night Chef Donald provided taste tests of our school lunches as to help educate parents about the fresh and healthy food we offer in our cafeteria! We will have many more projects and equipment acquisitions in the coming months with this grant—stay tuned for more delicious stories.