Special programs help kids eat better and learn about food.
Destiny Cunningham, 10, loves eating “stoplight salad” for lunch. She and other students at her school, in Detroit, Michigan, helped pick the red, yellow, and green vegetables it is made with. The vegetables grow in gardens at the city’s schools. Destiny says growing and picking the vegetables makes them “more meaningful to eat.”
Kids in Burlington, Vermont, also enjoy eating local foods at school. They have meatballs and yogurt from Vermont. They eat apples that grew nearby.
“Nearly all produce is local during harvest season,” Doug Davis told TFK. He leads the Burlington School Food Project. He says that soon, most of the meat served in Burlington schools will come from animals raised on local farms. “Our farm-to-school movement gets kids excited about where food comes from,” Davis says.
The U.S. government is working to improve school garden and farming programs. It runs the Farm to School Program. It gives money to schools. The money is used to help get more local products into cafeterias. Schools also use the money to teach kids about healthy eating.
Destiny and her friends take cooking classes at school. They make salads. They make smoothies. Yum! The ingredients come from their school garden or a nearby farm.
Last year, Destiny and her classmates took a trip to the farm. They learned how to recycle food waste. They also studied the life cycles of plants.
Farm-to-school programs are in every state. Does your school have one? How can you help it grow?
Which fruits and vegetables do you like best? Do they grow near you?
Read this fun recipe for stoplight salad. Then answer the questions.
1. How many ingredients are needed for this recipe?
2. True or false: The yellow squash goes at the top of the plate.
3. Think: What tools will you need to make this salad?
4. Where does the zucchini go?