Students to Feed Other Students in Baltimore City Public Schools

Students to Feed Other Students in Baltimore City Public Schools

Food & Drink

Students to Feed Other Students in Baltimore City Public Schools


By Cari Martens

The Baltimore City Public School System continues to follow through on its pledge to provide students with healthier food options—with a big assist from the students themselves. Starting next school year, culinary arts students will prepare meals for their peers who lack access to a healthy dinner at home.

The program is the first of its kind in the U.S., according to a report by Melanie R. Holmes, writing for

Anthony Geraci, the district’s director of food and nutrition, is proud of the students’ commitment to the program. ‘These kids are making history,’ Geraci told Holmes. ‘It’s the first time in the country that kids are preparing meals for other students.’

The culinary art students will prepare a thousand meals a day for at-risk kids. Some of the food items will be planted, grown and harvested by the students at the Great Kids Farm in Baltimore County. The 33-acre farm has chickens and goats, and plenty of land for growing fruits and vegetables.

BCPS CEO Andrés Alonso said the program is part of the district’s food reform efforts. In the article, he recalls visiting a school cafeteria and chatting with a student who said she enjoyed the first fresh peach she’d ever had. ‘I think that providing our kids with healthy food choices is critical to their success in school,’ Alonso said.

But will the students learn how to prepare that school cafeteria classic, “mystery meat”?

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