This year, parents were the special guests at the Sixth Annual Student Food Show in Orange County Public Schools (Florida). The annual show allows students to sample and vote for potential new menu items for their school cafeterias, helping school nutrition staff identify foods and recipes that meet new nutrition standards and appeal to student taste buds!
Parents and students were able to sample more than 100 food items, including some gluten-free and vegetarian options and selections from the new “Fresh Fruit and Vegetable” booth, designed to help the district identify popular produce choices.
“This was an exciting opportunity for parents to experience the first step in the process we go through to consider food items for the OCPS menu. They got to see for themselves our new items, and how our menu is student-chosen and tested,” said Lora Gilbert, senior director of OCPS Food and Nutrition Services.