Menu Planning for More Vegetarian Options in Jefferson County Schools

A brave middle school student presented a need for more vegetarian options to the Jefferson County School Board in Kentucky. The plea, which Nutrition Service Center Manager Dan Ellnor said was “heartfelt and well researched,” made the district take a closer look at vegetarianism as a food service policy. Vegetarian options would not only increase the number of healthy, fresh options, but it would help entice students and staff who wouldn’t otherwise purchase school meals. Read more…

Celebrating National School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week provides schools and students the opportunity to learn more about the healthy changes made in the cafeteria. Often celebrated with events, special guests, custom menus and nutrition education activities, the purpose remains to help educate students, parents and communities about the nutritional value of school lunch.

At Ritenour School District in St Louis, MO, new vegetarian entrees were introduced and taste tested by high school students during National School Lunch Week (NSLW). Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Sriracha Ketchup were sampled along with Sweet Chickpeas with Brown Rice. Read more…