Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Day 51 - From Farm to School Lunch Plate! Sustainable, local grown food at MWHS

Today's post is from parent and community member Charlie Wagner
We have all heard the saying, “you are what you eat!”

MWHS, we should all take pride in our school lunch program because of all the healthy changes that have recently been made. While speaking to Laura Metzger, head of the MWHS Lunch Program, she explained that MWHS recently received a grant that has enabled our lunch service to serve healthier food from local sources as often as possible. Due to this grant MWHS has partnered with the nearby farm, Gale Woods. Though we are only in the beginning stages, Laura is committed to getting the cleanest food available to our students. She shared with me that she thoroughly reads all the labels and tries to make positive choices that impact the health of the whole community.

Why does this matter to us?

This is a huge deal for our school on so many levels. First, it shows us that we have people in our food program that are aware of good nutrition and care for our community. A well balanced diet is necessary for children to do well in school and ultimately lead healthy and productive lives. Furthermore, many reports show that students perform better when fed real food that is fresh. Finally, this demonstrates how innovative the MWHS Food Program is. We are following in the footsteps of the respected Betrand Weber who started the “Farm to School Movement” in Minneapolis schools.

More Great News!

If you haven’t yet seen or heard of izzys soda pops, MWHS currently sells them. They are a great choice if your child is going to opt for soda, because they’re made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup, which normal sodas are filled with.

On top of offering healthy sodas, Laura serves fresh lettuce, spinach, carrots, apples, and even hot dogs from our local farmers to our children’s school lunches. Personally, I am excited to say to my girls "go ahead have a hotdog"! Something I would have never said in the past, until I personally spoke to Laura and she shared with me that all hotdogs at MWHS are from a local farm in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. How lucky are our kids to have Laura reading labels and being mindful of their health on our behalf. I’m so happy that my girls are able to choose from healthy options at school.

Thank you Laura for being a passionate leader in our district, I am so grateful for you. Ultimately, healthier food choices make me proud to be an MWHS parent!

Charlie, David, Coco and Ava Wagner

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