The Sheboygan Area School District School Nutrition Department hosted a Food Show at South High School on Wednesday, May 20. Over 260 students and staff attended the event. Students welcomed the opportunity to taste a variety of foods and vote for what they would like to see on next year’s breakfast and lunch menus.
Items available for sampling included hot breakfast items, grab-and-go breakfast items, sub sandwiches, Chinese-style chicken, BBQ pork, pot roast, string cheese, fresh fruit, smoothies and much more.
South High Student Pachia Yang attended the food show and said she liked the Chinese food, the cereal yogurt parfaits and the fruit pizza the best.
The top items the students voted for included whole grain mini pancakes, 100% Fruit Cosmic Smoothies, mozzarella cheese sticks, whole grain apple crunch bars, and Fruit 2.O flavored water.
Students who visited all of the food booths were entered into a drawing to win an iPad Mini, iTunes gift cards, gas cards, and food baskets.
This event is one way the School Nutrition department is utilizing student feedback to improve the breakfast and lunch offerings. “We think it’s really important that students have input as to what is placed on the menu. We want to serve healthy, balanced meals that appeal to our students,” said Meredith Duchaine, SASD School Nutrition Outreach Supervisor. “We were very pleased with the number of students who participated in the event at South High and look forward to adding new items to our menus for next year.”
South High School students assisted with marketing the food show and helped hand out samples to students during the event.
The School Nutrition department has made some major changes over the last year. “We are thrilled that we could change the face of SASD nutrition by adding salad bars at all of our locations and serving fresh meals cooked on-site eliminating tray packs,” said Judi Smith, Coordinator of School Nutrition. “We brought this food selection event to the students because we want them to select the foods they will eat.” Also new this year, the meal menus are posted online and parents or students can download an app to easily check the daily menus.
To learn more about the school nutrition program in the Sheboygan Area School District, visit www.sheboygan.k12.wi.us/menus
South High students Lilith Riemer and Becca Hilbelink visit the food booths to share their input for next year’s school menus. Janine Greger from the South High School School Nutrition staff handed out a variety of breakfast samples.