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Update from Food Services and Wellness, Nov. 2018

Central Kitchen ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 29

The new Central Kitchen, located in the Irongate neighborhood off Bakerview Road, is nearing completion. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 2005 Alpine Way. Parking is limited so please try to carpool, or join us on Facebook Live at 1:30 p.m. on https://www.facebook.com/bellinghamschools/.  The newly renovated, retro-fitted warehouse space will have state-of-the-art equipment; space for receiving; dry, freezer and refrigerated storage; expanded cooking and preparation areas; blast chilling; and a training/conference room. Photo: Executive Chef Patrick Durgan inspects new equipment to be used in the Central Kitchen.

Chef Patrick and equipment

Sumas farmer visits Cordata Elementary School

Helen Solem of Sumas River Farm took some time away from her Whatcom County organic farm to visit with students at Cordata Elementary in late October. Timed with the October Harvest of the Month, she brought with her a variety of cauliflower and broccoli from her farm. During her visit, students asked questions about being a farmer and the crops she grows. Photo: Farmer Solem speaks with student about her broccoli.

 Farmer visits Cordata

BIC program expands to sixth grade at Shuksan

In early November, Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) expanded to all sixth graders at Shuksan Middle School. (BIC will be offered in Shuksan seventh and eighth grades soon.) The BIC program provides students a healthy meal at the start of the school day and has been shown to improve attendance, overall health and academic achievement. BIC is also offered at Alderwood, Birchwood, Carl Cozier, Cordata, Roosevelt and Sunnyland elementary schools. Photo: Shuksan sixth grader helps bring the breakfast bin to her classroom.

 BIC at Shuksan

School menus online

Reminder: All school menus can be found online. Print menus were distributed to elementary students the week of Nov. 12.

Harvests of the Month continue throughout the fall and winter

During the fall and winter months, students will learn about root vegetables (November), alliums (December) and apples (January). For more about these vegetables and featured recipes, visit the Whatcom Farm to School website.

Cooking in the Classroom program begins

Common Threads Farm food educators are making the rounds in elementary classrooms throughout the fall and winter months to cook and taste recipes with students. In November, classrooms will make kale salad; in December, students will prepare batches of spiced applesauce. In January, February and March, our “chefs-in-training” will put together seasonal soups and stews. Photo below: Geneva Elementary fifth graders put the finishing touches on their kale salad on Nov. 6.

Cooking in the classroom


Reminder: online payments available

We regularly notify families about low or negative balances in student food services accounts.

An easy way to add money to a food account is by making payments through the online system called MyPaymentsPlusIf a food account balance is low, it will only take a few minutes to add money using a credit/debit card or a checking account at any time of the day from anywhere. Payments will post within one-hour to the student’s food account. Families can also use this system to track what your students is eating and purchasing. Families will be charged a fee of $1.95 per transaction for making an online payment. Or, families can continue to pay for school meals with cash or check at their school. First time registering? Visit our Food Services Online Payments webpage for step-by-step instructions.