A huge thank you to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for funding the new project called Thriving Communities, Thriving Children (TC2)! This fall, we had a blast kicking off The OrganWise Guys programming with early childcare/Head Start centers and elementary schools in Louisiana and Mississippi.
A warm OrganWise welcome to the cafeteria staff at the new elementary schools who are now using their Foods of the Month Kits! And a huge THANK YOU to Foodservice Directors Ms. Janet Sanderson in New Orleans and Ms. Ashley Harris and Ms. Sarah Steinberger in Pascagoula! We are so thankful for their hard work and can’t wait to share all the great things they are doing with these educational kits.
Ms. Laurent, cafeteria manager at St. Peter Claver, shows off her Foods of the Month newsletters on display in the cafeteria!
Foodservice Managers in Pascagoula, MS are trained on the Foods of the Month Kit
Today we feature OWG guest blogger and childhood obesity consultant, Melodie Griffin. Melodie’s passion lies in the prevention of childhood obesity through the school and early learning settings. All programs Melodie promotes are fully approved by her home based lab rats, five year old son, Howie, and two year old daughter, Hope.
This week (May 6-10) is School Nutrition Employee Week! We are so incredibly grateful to all the hardworking school nutrition professionals for serving children healthy meals every day. Now is the perfect time to recognize the hardworking foodservice professionals in your school cafeterias. The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has designated this week to remind everyone that our foodservice personel are true superheros! To celebrate, make this year the best year yet for your school foodservice program. Here are some OrganWise tips:
The OrganWise Guys know a thing or two about snacking. Although tasty and nutritious breakfasts and lunches are provided in schools through the National School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs, controversy around snacks in schools exists. A proposed rule by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) would create new nutrition standards for school snacks. These new standards would increase student access to healthier snack foods throughout the day and would also limit the sale of less healthy foods and beverages in vending machines, snack carts, etc. Read below for the specific changes that would happen if these new standards were passed.
Calling all MyPlate exerts!! Did you know The OrganWise Guys (OWG) have tons of materials featuring the USDA’s MyPlate? We love spreading the word about healthy eating and good nutrition, and think you will too with the following materials: