Healthy Snack Success

January 15, 2019

Did you know?

Each week when we plan for next week’s Healthy Food Program (HFP) activities for the classrooms, we place an order and purchase as many of the ingredients as are available with the Capital Roots Virtual Veggie Mobile http://marketplace.capitalroots.org/.
Their prices are great, and so is the fresh produce. We also love to support our farmers – many are local.
 Partnering with Capital Roots gives us the opportunity to build job skills and life skills.

 

For instance, when the produce comes to us each week, it needs to be sorted and delivered. The vegetables and fruits need to be washed and cut up for the Healthy Snack Cart. The Snack Cart needs to be set up and delivered to the classroom whose turn it is that week to push it around to the classrooms.

 

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 on the cart, and then at least 1 activity done as a class in each classroom.

This year we’ve had many different things throughout the building – kale, celery, oranges, apples, cucumbers and last week, green beans!

Awareness is vigilant for any food allergies in the school and the program has had whopping success.

 

 


Thanks to the Schenectady Foundation and the Allen Family Foundation for their exceptional grant support of this program for 2018-19.

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