Studies show that healthier eating habits can be encouraged among children through nutrition and culinary education as long as it engages them. That is why school gardens where students actively participate in growing food crops results in greater interest in trying things that they helped cultivate and harvest.
That hands-on, interactive approach is behind a new venture called Mobile Teaching Kitchen that is being launched this spring by Chartwells K12, the Compass Group operating company that serves clients among primary and secondary schools.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
When thinking of summer meal programs, what comes to mind? Hot lunches and fresh produce bars? Themed menus made with fresh, local foods? Taste tests and cooking lessons? Summer meal sponsors nationwide are working hard to make sure these practices are the new norms, and the positive movement is spreading.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Cruciferous...it's hard to pronounce, let alone eat but those nutrient-packed veggies were the star of the show during a special taste testing event at Capac Jr./Sr. High School on Friday, March 24.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
“Each year an estimated one billion food items are discarded in schools,” Newburyport food service director Sheryn Seale said, “while one in six Americans don’t know where their next meal will come from. In the United States 30 to 40 percent of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month.”
The cafeteria “Food Recovery Program” at the Nock Middle, Molin Upper Elementary and Bresnahan Elementary Schools gives students the opportunity to see firsthand how they can help change that, and they have stepped up to the plate.
Monday, April 3, 2017
In the annals of eating, there once existed the clean-plate club for youngsters but that concept appears to be morphing into a "food recovery initiative" so that victuals are used wisely and effectively.
School officials have been running a food-recovery program this year at Nock/Molin and Bresnahan schools. And they recognized Food Recovery and Recycling Awareness Week in early March.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Duval County Public Schools and its food service partner, Chartwells K12, hosted a family food night Wednesday for parents and students.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
In the first three episodes, Karen Thomas, the district chef for the Chartwells Swansea school lunch program, prepared a ham, a turkey meatloaf with barbecue sauce, a French toast bake, healthy snacks and more. The new local cooking program, Cardinal Bistro, appears on Swansea Cable Access and online.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Developed originally as a small-site solution for the corporate dining market, Simply Puur adapts to the needs of a teen customer base.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Kicks for Kix? Bend it like bacon? Seattle Sounders FC players were at Showalter Middle School the morning of March 21, 2017, a well-deserved prize for taking first place in last year’s Breakfast Challenge, hosted by United Way of King County. Defender Tony Alfaro and goalkeeper Tyler Miller talked to the assembled crowd about the importance of healthy habits, education, and overcoming challenges.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017