An Update from Food Services and Wellness
March Harvest of the Month
The March Harvest of the Month will be grains and will be served on Wednesday, March 28 in school cafeterias. School lunch that day will include a pasta salad. Samples will be given out to elementary and middle school students Tuesday, March 27 during lunch.
School Menus Online
Click here for the current school menus posted online.
Central Kitchen Site Update
The location has changed for the Central Kitchen. While originally planned for the Sehome High School site, space constraints and other factors for both the new high school and the central kitchen led Bellingham Public Schools to purchase property in the Irongate area to serve as the location. Look for news about the official groundbreaking ceremony in coming weeks. Click here to learn more about the work of the Central Kitchen Facility Design Team and the schematics and floor plan.
Real Food, Made with Love
Last year, Bellingham Public Schools collaboratively developed The Good Food Promise to clarify our vision for food in schools and to define what we mean when we talk about healthy food. We have now established an implementation committee to help bring that promise to life. This committee brings administrators and front-line food services staff together with parents, students and members of the community who have a passion for good, nourishing, less processed and more local foods. They will help identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement; gather feedback and ideas; and will support alignment of food education. Follow the work of the committee on the Good Food Promise Implementation Committee webpage.
Bellingham Call-Out on the Chef Ann Foundation Blog
Two years ago, Chef Ann Cooper of the Chef Ann Foundation visited Bellingham to help guide us on our path to a central kitchen and healthier school food. She visited with food services staff, toured our school kitchens and cafeterias, and gave a presentation to the community at the Mount Baker Theatre. Our district progress towards a central kitchen was called out earlier this month on her Chef Ann Foundation blog. We are on a good path thanks to her pioneering work. Chef Ann, known as the renegade lunch lady, also serves as director of Food Services in the Boulder Valley School District in Boulder, Colorado. We are very fortunate to have worked with Chef Ann as we travel the road to a Bellingham Public Schools’ central kitchen.