You may have seen that Bellingham was part of a feature that King 5 News aired on May 18 about school districts in our region and how many of them, including ours are changing (or in some cases, have changed) their approach to school lunches.
It’s a great story that shows Bellingham Public Schools’ multi-year transition toward a scratch-cooking model in a centralized kitchen. We’ve made some exciting changes in food services recently, including the hiring of executive chef Patrick Durgan, working towards the implementation of full salad bars at all of our schools and focusing more intentionally on quality ingredients.
The central kitchen was part of the facilities bond that voters approved in 2013, and it’s slated to open in 2019. We are so grateful to our community for supporting our vision that healthy, nourishing food be served to students in a welcoming environment. I also want to thank our food services team for their amazing dedication to our kids. We couldn’t do this without you!
The Bellingham Promise is a collective commitment we, as a community, make to caring for all children and to developing healthy and active individuals. We know that food is often at the heart of a healthy life, and food served with love sustains our bodies and our relationships. In Bellingham, we encourage a lifetime of healthy eating by serving students nourishing, delicious, whole foods. We also believe in equity and that all children and families deserve access to great, healthy food.
And we are developing the Bellingham Good Food Promise (it’s still in draft form), which means simply “real food, made with love.”
As always, I look forward to your comments and questions about recent changes to food services, in the lunchroom and our multi-year journey to improve our offerings for kids!