April Update from Food Services and Wellness

April Harvest of the Month
The April Harvest of the Month is dried beans and will be served up as a homemade chili on Wednesday, April 25 in school cafeterias. The chili will be served alongside an all-beef hot dog. Samples of black bean corn salsa will be given out to elementary and middle school students tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24 during lunch.

School Menus Online
Click here for the current school menus posted online.

Central Kitchen Construction Begins
The Central Kitchen begins a renovation at 2005 Alpine in the Irongate area. Faber Construction has been chosen as the general contractor on the project. A ‘groundbreaking’ event will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10. If you plan to attend, please carpool as parking is limited.

First Responders Invited to Have Lunch in our Schools
Thanks to the generosity of the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation, first responders from the Bellingham Police and Fire Departments and the Sheriff’s Office will be invited to lunch in any of our 22 school cafeterias starting May 14. This is a great chance to build positive relationships and to extend a thank you for all they do in our community. Photo below: District Resource Office Melissa Krantzler (left) eats lunch with Lowell Elementary School students on April 19.

Students eat lunch with our district resource officer

Slow Food USA Makes Visit to Whatcom School Garden
On Friday, April 20, Andrew Nowak, director of the National School Garden Program of Slow Food USA, visited Whatcom Middle School and their school garden to review a draft Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit for Bellingham Public Schools. He was onsite sharing his expertise about the various steps necessary to harvest food from a school garden and to prepare the harvest to serve on the school lunch line. Chef Patrick Durgan and Laura Plaut, executive director of Common Threads Farm, will join Nowak at a national conference April 25 to 27 in Cincinnati, Ohio to share our draft toolkit. The overall goal of the toolkit is to help incorporate fruits and vegetables that are grown in school gardens into cafeterias in a safe and beneficial manner. This food education program allows students to participate in the full circle of the food system from prepping and planting in the garden, harvesting those crops when ripe, and then sharing the “fruits” of their labor with their peers in the cafeteria. Photo below: Chef Patrick and Whatcom Middle School food services lead Marjorie Kimmel with the kale salad (picked from the school garden) that is headed out to the salad bar on Friday, April 20.

Chef Patrick and Marjorie Kimmel