One of the tenants of the whole child philosophy is that…Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle with a goal that school supports, promotes, and reinforces healthy eating patterns and food safety in routine food services and special programming and events for students and staff. MERSD gets high marks in the work it is doing to promote and model healthy living and good nutritional habits.
In February our Food Service Department was featured in both the Mass Department of Child Nutrition Outreach Program web spotlight and on the School Nutrition Association’s online magazine Tray Talk.
From Tray Talk
“Green Team” Helps Bring Fresh Choices to Massachusetts Cafeteria
Posted on 02/29/2012
At Manchester-Essex Regional Middle High School, members of the student “Green Team” plant, care for and harvest vegetables in the school garden. Cafeteria employees use this fresh produce, including lettuce, kale, tomatoes, eggplant, turnips, and green peppers, in the salad bar and in many of the made-from-scratch recipes served for lunch, like the pesto pasta prepared with garden kale instead of basil. Now that students are involved in raising these healthy choices, they are more willing to select them in the cafeteria.
Manchester-Essex purchases much of their fruit from local Massachusetts farmers, and they offer healthy choices, like yogurt, baby carrots and granola bars, in the cafeteria vending machine too.
Recycling and compost bins are located throughout the building to help keep the whole school “green.” The students and the school work together to create a setting that is healthier for their bodies and the environment!
Thank you to Sheila Parisien and the entire food service staff for the work they do in support of our children and programs.