Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Orcas Island F2C one of America's 10 Best!

Orcas Island F2C one of America's 10 Best! An article appeared in The Daily Meal online magazine featuring 10 of America's best school lunch programs - Orcas Island is one of them!! The Huffington Post online magazine also picked up the story! Click here for the slide show and article.

Student Chef Winners! See who won and a slide show on the event which occurred on February 12 by visiting our web site www.orcasislandf2c.org and clicking on the "Student Chef Competition" tab on the left. It was another truly amazing day with amazing kids who love to cook!

Millie Kau (4th grade) and Arla Sutton (3rd grade) teamed up and won a prize with their Salad Noodle Rolls.

Keenan O'Brien (8th grade) won the Grand Prize Overall with his White Bean Chicken Chili which he described as "It tastes delicious, it is chock-full of healthy ingredients, it is fairly economical, it is quick to make and can feed a large group of hungry students!"

Seattle: A Food Revolution in Seattle Schools? (seattleschild.com)

A Food Revolution in Seattle Schools? | Seattle's Child
Source: seattleschild.com

Get to know a little about Eric Boutin, Nutrition Director for Seattle Public Schools, in this profile and interview with him from Seattle’s Child. He talks about the importance of fresh, wholesome food in school meals, along with some of the challenges of farm-to-school and healthier food service.

Eric also answers questions about school lunch on the Questionland Seattle website. From local food, organics and school gardens to chocolate milk and salad bars, Eric responded to inquiries from readers about Seattle’s school meals program.

Seattle/King County Farm to Table Project

WSDA Farm-to-School Program is working in partnership with Seattle Aging & Disability Services and Puget Sound Food Network to support senior meal programs and child care programs in getting more seasonal locally-grown produce into the meals they offer. The project was honored on Wednesday, March 3rd , by a visit from USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn! Dr. Merrigan was in town to learn more about the Northwest Agriculture Business Center and the Puget Sound Food Network. She and the Mayor, along with representatives from Rep. Inslee’s and Sen. Cantwell’s offices, had lunch with the Farm to Table team, participating farmers and senior meal participants at the Central Senior Services meal site and then headed off to Central Market in Shoreline to learn more about NABC’s work with retailers and local agricultural producers.

(This is a CPPW grant-funded project through Seattle Aging & Disability Services and Public Health-Seattle & King County)