The Baltimore City Public School System continues to follow through on its pledge to provide students with healthier food optionsâ€”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 afro.com.
Anthony Geraci, the district’s director of food and nutrition, is proud of the students’ commitment to the program. â€˜These kids are making history,â€™ Geraci told Holmes. â€˜It’s the first time in the country that kids are preparing meals for other students.â€™
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 AndrÃ©s Alonso said the program is part of the district’s food reform efforts. In the afro.com article, he recalls visiting a school cafeteria and chatting with a student who said she enjoyed the first fresh peach she’d ever had. â€˜I think that providing our kids with healthy food choices is critical to their success in school,â€™ Alonso said.
But will the students learn how to prepare that school cafeteria classic, “mystery meat”?
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