We're off to an exciting new school year! Two of our favorite parts of working with schools to create healthy kids and communities is listening to what the kids have to say about school lunch and watching the teams strengthen as cooks make food from scratch.
Kids crave healthy food that tastes like the food they are used to eating at home. And most of them are sponges for new foods. We often hear that kids won't eat anything except hamburgers, pizza, and hot dogs, but this simply isn't true for the majority of students.
We recently taste tested a breakfast egg and spinach casserole at Central School in Lincoln, Illinois and here's what a few of the kids had to say:
"This cured my headache."
"My dad makes really good scrambled eggs and these taste like my dads."
"I would recommend this to anybody."
"I am going to turn into Popeye!" flexing his spinach eating muscles
"It's like my grandmas' cooking - the world's best."
Meanwhile, at Washington-Monroe School the proud, happy cooks made pancakes from scratch (no mixes!). The custodian pitched in by helping to set up the griddle. Administrators came by to watch the process and acknowledge the work of the cooks. With a scratch cooking program, opportunities abound for the invisible silos to break down and teams to move as a single unit. People feel valued with their contribution to a better tomorrow.
The business of food is really about the business of people - enriching lives and maximizing potential to create a world that works for everyone.