By Terry Kovarik
Fun, food and nutrition are on the menu in the Southern Door County School District. It’s all part of an effort to help students make better nutritional choices. The Food Service department gets students from kindergarten through 12th grade involved in meal planning for school lunches. That includes setting up themed meals, such as apple-based meals or French cooking, that also use fresh foods students might not be familiar with, like tomatoes, star fruit or avocados. Food Service Director John Swanson says students from all grades help out with real-life lessons about food and nutrition and take those lessons home.
Wisconsin school districts find that getting students involved in food growing and preparation means less wasted food.