Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland are giving the “All You Can Eat” buffet a healthy makeover. Each morning, the cafeteria staff chops and preps produce so students entering the cafeteria line are greeted with a rainbow of fruits and veggies. Students are encouraged to select unlimited servings of these healthy options.
In addition to the daily assortment of fresh pears, apples and oranges, students can chose from seasonal fruits including peaches, apricots, kiwi and pineapple. Vegetables range from broccoli, cauliflower and cucumber coins to a Romaine salad blend and a daily steamed vegetable selection.
Cafeteria staff work hard to get kids excited about these healthy choices. The school nutrition department has partnered with the local department of health and PTAs to host frequent fruit and vegetable taste test parties for families. Parents who attended the recent mango and papaya party were delighted to see their kids trying new foods!