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A Tasty Assignment for BCPS Students: Voting on New School Menu Items

Thursday, February 04, 2016
 
From chicken and waffle bites to brisket on a pita, students will taste test potential new food items for Broward County Public Schools cafeterias as part of an Annual Food Show hosted by Food & Nutritional Services.  

A group of students from Oakland Park Elementary School and Westpine Middle School will serve as jurors deciding the fate of 35 new items the District is considering offering next school year as part of its School Breakfast, National School Lunch and Supper Programs.

The USDA regulates what is served in schools, mandating the offering of appropriate servings of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and high quality proteins.  Vendors provide the latest new products and BCPS registered dietitians review the nutritional stats for the products and new recipes.  Most importantly, students provide feedback about what like they really want to eat.  

“Since children’s taste are different from adults, their input is essential,” said Dr. Ray Papa, coordinator for Food & Nutritional Services. “Our objective is to not only provide healthy foods, but foods that students truly enjoy.”
Last year’s Food Show standout items included taco lasagna and Cuban pork sandwiches.

Students will use iPad technology to give their opinions after tasting each food item. The input and feedback from students will be used to help to create next school year’s menu.

Food & Nutritional Services Annual Food Show
Pompano Beach High School
600 NE 13th Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Friday, February 12, 2016
9:45 – 11:45 a.m., Oakland Park Elementary School Students
12:15 – 2:15 p.m., Westpine Middle School Students

 
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