Are healthy school meals important to you? Believe it or not, providing healthy meals is not as simple as just adding fruits and vegetables to lunch trays. There is a lot of effort put into creating an environment that not only provides healthier choices, but encourages kids to make these choices as well. Can we find out more about how schools are doing and perhaps influence change at our own schools? Check out TrayTalk.org and the Tray Talk Facebook Page for some great information.
Tray Talk is brought to you by the School Nutrition Association, a national, nonprofit professional organization representing 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. TrayTalk.org provides hot topics articles, success story profiles and facts on school meal programs nationwide. Parents can learn more from within real school nutrition programs to understand the successes and challenges of providing healthy meals to students.
Recently, the Valley School Districts in Connecticut teamed up with the local hospital to launch a school wellness initiative – featuring a healthy cooking competition for students. It’s stories like this that will hopefully inspire other families and schools to get involved.
Taste it Thursday
A success story from a town in my area created Taste It Thursday. This program allows students to try a free sample of a different healthy recipe each month. Cafeteria staff enjoy getting out from behind the counter to distribute samples and gather student feedback on choices like Pear Slaw, Quinoa Salad and Roasted Butternut Squash. Billerica’s Cook Managers help determine Taste It Thursday choices by identifying menu options students are hesitant to try or seasonal selections that could use a little extra promotion.
Look at this great photo from the Tray Talk Facebook page from a school Minnesota. They welcomed students back to school with lots of local fresh fruit and veggie choices.
The Tray Talk site also shares kid friendly recipes that you can make at home too. I tried the Cranberry Salsa Chicken Wrap at the annual conference for the School Nutrition Association. It was really good! I have made it at home as well.
The School Nutrition Association and its members know that parents are critical partners in teaching children to make nutritious food choices at school. Learn how you can get involved and support healthy school meals. In addition to the Tray Talk website and Facebook page, you can also keep in touch with the School Nutrition association through Twitter. Happy and healthy eating!