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Students Participate in Taste Tests to Decide on Healthy Menu Options

The School Nutrition Program has the unique challenge of feeding nearly 100,000 students with diverse appetites and food preferences daily. Healthy food that ends up in the trash does nothing to nourish the minds and bodies of students.  That is why the School Nutrition Program works with food manufacturers and students to taste-test potential healthy new menu items for student approval.   To meet not only the demand of student preference, but to also meet federal nutrient guidelines to serve healthy meals, the school nutrition program has invited students at 14 different schools across the district to taste and evaluate potential future menu items. Students at Abbotts Hill Elementary, Medlock Bridge Elementary and Stonewall Tell Elementary tasted, compared and rated four different types of baked and breaded chicken nuggets. 

Renaissance Elementary students rated two different whole grain biscuits and a breakfast flatbread. All Brookview Elementary students had the opportunity to sample whole grain cheese ravioli, while students at Centennial High sampled a whole grain vegetable lasagna.Upcoming taste tests are scheduled at Banneker High, North Springs High, Alpharetta High, Cambridge High, Paul D West Middle, Northwestern Middle, Mountain Park Elementary and Parklane Elementary before the end of the school year.  By taste testing foods with students, the School Nutrition Program ensures that meals will be served with nutritious options that students will actually eat.

Students at Abbotts Hill Elementary, Medlock Bridge Elementary and Stonewall Tell Elementary tasted, compared and rated four different types of baked and breaded chicken nuggets.  Renaissance Elementary students rated two different whole grain biscuits and a breakfast flatbread. All Brookview Elementary students had the opportunity to sample whole grain cheese ravioli, while students at Centennial High sampled a whole grain vegetable lasagna.Upcoming taste tests are scheduled at Banneker High, North Springs High, Alpharetta High, Cambridge High, Paul D West Middle, Northwestern Middle, Mountain Park Elementary and Parklane Elementary before the end of the school year.  By taste testing foods with students, the School Nutrition Program ensures that meals will be served with nutritious options that students will actually eat.

Alpharetta Elementary Hosts Fruit & Vegetable Fashion Show

Vickye Monger, Alpharetta Elementary's School Nutrition Manager, wanted to do something fun with Alpharetta Elementary students to increase awareness of fruits and vegetables.  That's when she came up with the idea to host a Fruit & Vegetable Fashion Show where students and staff could dress up as various Fruits and Vegetables and walk the runway in front of  classmates.
Ms. Vickye fashioned by hand over 20 fruit, vegetable and nutrition-related costumes for both students and staff!  As students cheered and clapped for broccoli, corn, apples, bananas, peaches, grapes, green peas, carrots, strawberries, oranges, tomatoes, green beans, milk, farmers, and even a health inspector, surprise appearances were made by Assistant Principal Andy Allison dressed as a Breakfast Detective, and Principal Andy Maroney dressed as Alpharetta's own Nutrition Superman!

Good Nutrition Fuels Academic Success!

With CRCT time, it is especially important that students are fueled up and ready to focus during testing time!  Did you know that eating a school breakfast helps prepare the brain for a day of learning and activity, while eating school lunch keeps the brain going?

Every day at school the cafeteria works hard to provide students with nutritious and delicious hot and cold breakfast and lunch entrée choices with the choice of fresh fruits and vegetables and a choice of milk.   All students can eat delicious and nutritious school meals to get powered up for an awesome day of success!
 Learn More About School Meals
Visit: www.fultonschools.org/dept/schoolnutrition