Child Nutrition Services-School Meals1302 4TH ST SW · Auburn, WA 98001(253) 931-4972Harvest of the Month
Each month, as part of the Harvest-of-the-Month Program, a different food item is featured. Whenever possible featured foods are obtained from local farmers, and organic fruit and vegetables are our preferred choice.On the day the featured Harvest-of-the-Month food is being served you will see a small food icon on school lunch menus. Take a look at menus to find the icon and encourage your student, if he or she does not usually eat school lunch, to enjoy school lunch on one of the harvest-of-the-month days.
How can parents/guardians share in the Harvest-of-the-Month experience?
- Look up fun facts about featured foods and talk about them!
- Involve your student in shopping for, selecting, and preparing seasonal foods in your home. Try kid-tested recipes from Cookus Interruptus or many other sources.
- Encourage your student to choose to eat school lunch on the day the Harvest-of-the-Month food is featured (even if he/she does not usually eat school lunch). You can quickly tell which day the harvest-of-the-Month selection is being featured by looking for the graphic/icon of that item on school lunch menus.
Learning about different foods helps encourage students to expand their knowledge about how and where foods grow, and expand their palate by tasting new or different foods. By linking the cafeterias with classrooms with educational materials that focus on the featured local food item that will be served each month, instructors have an opportunity to incorporate activities and open-ended exploration by students. Educational packets promote math, science, health, reading, and gardening--centered around the featured food of the month.