On Friday, October 23rd, Bozeman School District (BSD) cafeterias served up a perfect fall local lunch to Bozeman school kids. Bockwurst from Whitehall, apples from Fromberg and Bausch potatoes from Whitehall made up the local lunch options at all BSD schools. Volunteers, many of whom were dressed up as fruit and vegetables, offered samples of local lunch options. Crowds of kids approached vegetable volunteers with outstretched hands and politely asked to try what was for lunch. Who doesn’t love a sample?
The kitchen staff at Emily Dickinson elementary school were happy with the outcome, saying that the kids asked if the the lunch options were what they had in line, and many ended up choosing the local options. The reality for many cafeterias is that the kids are hesitant to try unfamiliar foods, so putting new items on the menu can leave the school with leftovers or a lot of food wasted in the garbage.
Katie Bark, who volunteered for the event “was really impressed with the luncheon. The response from the kids, parents and staff was very good from my observations too. The apples were so fresh and delicious as were the brats and potatoes and carrots.”
A big round of applause needs to go out to the Bozeman School District Food Service and the volunteers at each school for making Local Lunches a reality! It truly was a fantastic event!
What’s the message here? How do you get more healthy local food in your school? Encourage and help the food service folks to seek out local products.