Thomas County School Nutrition in Georgia is known for baking their breads from scratch, including whole wheat rolls, whole grain French bread and sweet potato rolls. If the delicious smell wafting from the cafeteria isn’t enough to entice the students, the school nutrition team is also working hard to teach kids why they should give these more nutritious breads a try.
School Nutrition Manager Leanell Nelson even designed her own hen costume to wear while the children were read the famous children’s story “The Little Red Hen.” Students learned how wheat becomes a roll, the importance of whole grains for a healthy body and the value of sharing – when the cafeteria staff handed out warm samples!
These breads aren’t the only healthy items getting whipped up in the Thomas County school kitchens – in addition to the vegetable soup, lasagna and other pasta dishes made from scratch, the school nutrition staff prepares a special treat called “Wacky Cake,” which includes plum puree.
The cafeterias serve mixed green salads and fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Cafeteria staff report that the students love the kiwis and plums the best.