Fresh Food Program Launches at BCSD Schools

January 26, 2017 – Students at Garza Elementary welcomed local dignitaries and several other guests for the launch of “California Thursdays,” a special lunch program being implemented in BCSD schools.  The state-wide program will bring healthy, California-grown foods including chicken, fruits, vegetables and milk to schools to promote healthy nutrition for students.  Over 2,900 schools, 1.85 million students and 11,600 food service staff in California participate in the program.  BCSD alone serves nearly 27,300 meals a day, which equates to nearly 4.7 million meals a year.

Attendees had the opportunity to join students for a healthy and delicious meal and on the menu was roasted chicken, rice pilaf, orange slices, jicama, milk and a cookie, all locally sourced through companies like Foster Farms and Fat Cat Cookies.

Iver Ayala, a first grade student at Garza Elementary was excited about the new lunch program. “This has been my favorite lunch this week,” he said “My favorite part today was the chicken.”   Another student Arian Monroy said, “This lunch is very good, my favorite was the jicama.”

BCSD Director of Nutrition Services, Brenda Robinson, described the importance of the program, “We are bringing in food items that are fresh because they are locally sourced,” she said. “Because of the amount of food we are using, it helps local farmers, distributers and the overall economy in the area,” she added.

Attendees included BCSD Superintendent Doc Ervin, Board of Education member Pam Baugher, representatives from Foster Farms, Food 4 Kids, and Fat Cat Cookies, and representatives for the office of area elected officials.

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Garza students enjoying their first "California Thursday."

Garza students enjoying their first “California Thursday.”

Student gets ready to fill her tray with a fresh, delicious meal.

Student gets ready to fill her tray with a fresh, delicious meal.

Food service staff getting ready to serve chicken and rice.

Food service staff getting ready to serve chicken and rice.

Garza students enjoying their meal time.

Garza students enjoying their meal time.

Students showing their smiles and prizes for winning the "chicken dance."

Students showing their smiles and prizes for winning the “chicken dance.”

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