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Farm to Cafeteria Food Showcase

October 2019

On October 4, our Nutrition Services department hosted a special night of food and fun to showcase some of the delicious produce that is grown on our farm and served in our school cafeterias.

The Nutrition Services Farm Food Showcase gave us the opportunity to promote our food program and let parents, staff, and our community know what the Nutrition Services department does. Visitors to the farm tasted some of the healthy, delicious options that are served in the school cafeterias on a daily basis as well as being treated to some of our farm-grown produce.

In an effort to give families the full experience of eating what students eat on campus, even the oven used to cook all the food was the same one used at many of our school sites. The foods served included vegetarian egg rolls and fried rice, teriyaki salmon, chicken nuggets, fruits and vegetables, and more.

Attendees got to learn first-hand how SCUSD utilizes the fresh farm produce at our schools. They heard how all produce is shipped to Wilcox High School to be washed and separated into bins. From there, it’s collected by our warehouse staff and sent to school cafeterias for the salad bars — you don’t get much fresher than that!

Over the course of the evening, the event drew in around 250 attendees from throughout our community. Visitors included Superintendent Stella M. Kemp, Board Vice President Jodi Muirhead, Board Members Albert Gonzalez and Vicki Fairchild, and Assemblymember Kanson Chu and his wife. 

Thank you to our vendors who not only donated produce but also attended the event to join in the festivities:

  • Tyson 
  • Schwan's
  • Integrated
  • KeyImpact
  • Nippon Shokken
  • Daylight
  • CalFresh 
  • Science Smart Kids Inc. from Peterson Middle School
  • Rational Oven
  • Smoothie Bike (donated by Second Harvest Food Bank)

Enjoy some beautiful photos from the event on the district Flickr webpage.

Children getting served food at tasting event