The customization trend popularized by Chipotle is finding its way on kids’ menus especially in school cafeterias — but can restaurants be far behind? Everything from custom mashed potatoes, mac ‘n cheese and stir fry are popular among the munchkins. School nutrition experts say it’s a great way to get kids to pick the healthyRead more about Kid meal trend: Customize the potato bowl![…]
Buckingham County Middle School is rolling out a food cart in between morning classes to offer healthy snacks to those who may have missed breakfast earlier. The school says it’s all about helping the learning process. Hungry students can’t concentrate. The idea quickly became popular with about 50 percent of the students picking up aRead more about School gives students second chance to eat breakfast[…]
Getting a good breakfast and lunch during school days are life savers for many disadvantaged youth. But what happens during the weekends? One Indiana school district and an innovative nonprofit have teamed up to provide nutritional meals that students in need can take home for the weekend. All because of a little ingenuity by repurposingRead more about Indiana schools rescue food for kids to take home on weekends[…]
A Tucson high school student has won her campaign to get a gluten-free microwave installed so she can dine without fear of serious health effects from celiac disease. Now, after more than three years of campaigning, a dedicated microwave has been installed. And the student is working with state lawmakers to get gluten-free microwaves inRead more about Gluten-free microwaves. Yep, that’s a thing… fortunately![…]
Since 2015, dads have been showing up to Waterway Elementary School’s annual “100 Men for Lunch” event to encourage fathers to become more engaged with their children starting with a simple cafeteria meal. The Little River, South Carolina school has seen the idea grow every year… now attracting 150 fathers! Including community volunteer dads fillingRead more about School’s ‘Bring Your Father to Lunch’ event is tasty success[…]
Some elementary and middle school students in the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado are helping analyze foods that fellow students are tossing — all in an effort to reduce waste. Called the Food Waste Warriors, students carefully separate and measure discarded items to help the district identify what kids eat and don’t eat. TheRead more about ‘Food Waste Warriors’ battle against school lunchtime trash[…]
Individual milk cartons are common at many elementary schools these days. In Harrisburg, Virginia, however, Bluestone Elementary is revisiting old school milk dispensers for a few good reasons. Depending on the community, milk cartons can’t be recycled. Kids were throwing out 39,000 unused cartons each year. And students only finished, on average, 70 percent ofRead more about Back to the future: milk machines return to school[…]
Cabot High School’s cafeteria crew experimented with a ramen noodle bar… and instantly had hundreds of students lining up. The ramen bar is so popular that the cafeteria now has three lines running when the Asian dish is offered. Cafeteria Manager Ginger Dubois says its been a great way to offer fresh, healthier selections.
Don’t tell Robert Cuellar, Jr., Child Nutrition Program Director for the Laredo Independent School District that kids won’t eat their veggies. Especially students whose economic situation often doesn’t afford them access to healthy produce. Getting students to eat healthier takes three things: Collaboration, imagination and passion.
Tuscaloosa Schools in Alabama routinely show parents what’s being served in the cafeteria via social media to promote healthy eating habits. The pictures and videos show how meals are being prepared. And the posts provide a little knowledge along the way to encourage healthy nutrition even after the kids leave school!