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Child Nutrition Services receives award after competing in local produce challenge
Ashley Phelps, Humble ISD Assistant Director of Menu Planning/Procurement, and Jessica Hernandez, Humble ISD Dietician, celebrate the Humble ISD Best of the Bunch Award.
The Child Nutrition Services Department has been recognized by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller with a Best of the Bunch Award for achievement in the Texas Department of Agriculture's (TDA) 2018 Local Products Challenge.
The Local Products Challenge encourages school nutrition teams to incorporate more Texas products into meals and teach children about healthy lifestyles and Texas agriculture. Humble ISD earned the award by meeting the highest standards of the challenge.
To receive the Best of the Bunch Award, districts must serve three or more Texas foods from three different food groups at least once a week in the month of October, lead an educational activity and showcase the activity on social media. This year the Child Nutrition Services Department led elementary students in a lesson on how potatoes are grown, harvested and the nutrition they provide. The activity included students decorating Texas potatoes to display in the cafeteria line during National School Lunch Week.
Humble ISD elementary students learned about Texas grown potatoes during the Texas Department of Agriculture Farm Fresh Challenge. Students decorated potatoes to display in the lunch line to promote locally grown products.
“The Farm Fresh and Local Product challenges help educate our students on local foods and increase awareness of local farms,” Ashley Phelps, Humble ISD Assistant Director of Menu Planning/Procurement, said. “This encourages them to participate in fresh fruit and vegetable gardening and to visit local farmers markets.”
The accomplishment represents a commitment to providing good nutrition and teaching students about the importance of Texas agriculture.
“Schools in the Local Products Challenge demonstrate a real commitment to combining nutrition education with support for their local economies and Texas’ bountiful agriculture industry,” Commissioner Miller said. “When a school meal includes products like citrus, lean beef or low-fat milk from Texas, it provides a lesson in healthy eating that lasts a lifetime and an economic boost that benefits the entire community.”