Healthy Snack Success

August 01, 2017

Did you know that each week when the teachers plan for their Healthy Food Program (HFP) activities http://crossroadcenter.org/happenings-47/ for the following week, they place orders for as many of the ingredients as they can from the Capital Roots Virtual Veggie Mobile http://marketplace.capitalroots.org/. Their prices are great for fresh produce and we love to support our farmers – many are local. It also gives us the opportunity to build job skills and life skills.

For instance, when the produce comes to us each week, we sort it out by the classrooms who are using it. Then we deliver it. On Thursday mornings we wash, peel, cut, and otherwise prep whatever is ordered for the Healthy Snack Cart, and then organize it onto the cart, and deliver it to the classroom whose turn it is that week.

At 1:30 or thereabouts, the classroom whose turn it is takes the cart from classroom to classroom and the kids can choose something. Students have frequently been trying things off the cart they’ve rejected previously, giving parents and teachers an entryway into trying that food again. Things on the cart are different each week so the kids are exposed to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. There are usually 2 or 3 things each week. This year we’ve had many different things – celery, oranges, kale, broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, apples, grapes, kiwis, spinach, peanuts, and much more. Awareness is vigilant for any food allergies in the school and the program has had whopping success.

Recently we celebrated http://crossroadcenter.org/healthy-food-celebration/


Thanks to the Schenectady Foundation and the Hawley Foundation for their exceptional grant support of this program for 2016-17. http://crossroadcenter.org/happeningsgrant-news/

Trying out some Trail Mix in Room 12Workin’ at the CarWash