Beautiful, fresh fruit cut into kid-friendly halves.

Beautiful, fresh fruit cut into kid-friendly halves.

On Friday, February 16th, the Benjamin Foxen Elementary School in Sisquoc hosted its fourth annual Bring Your Family to School lunch event for nearly 300 guests.  This school-wide event, hosted and sponsored by the PTA, allows parents, grandparents and siblings to enjoy lunch with their student.

This year’s luncheon spotlighted the great cooked-from-scratch meals produced by Food Service staff in the school’s onsite kitchen.  The meal included whole wheat pita pocket sandwiches, stuffed with grilled chicken, cheddar cheese, lettuce and green onions grown in the school garden, as well as a nice garden salad with fresh, homemade cucumber Ranch dressing, a spinach salad with feta cheese, fresh berries and toasted nuts, a fresh fruit buffet of apples, bananas and tangerines, and homemade Power Bars

It's a myth that kids don't like spinach. This spinach salad was the most popular menu item at this elementary school community lunch.

It’s a myth that kids don’t like spinach. This spinach salad was the most popular menu item at this elementary school community lunch.

Lunch was a crowd-pleaser, and the most popular item on the menu was the spinach salad.  One of the other main attractions at this event was the group of local firefighters who served the lunch.  The firefighters, who work across the street from campus, can be found most Fridays in the cafeteria serving lunch.

Students at Benjamin Foxen enjoy cooked-from-scratch meals daily, and some of the favorite menu items are the enchiladas and Spanish rice, build-your-own baked potato bar, whole wheat Turkey & Cheese wraps, Chef Salad, Tacos and Chili.  All are items made from-scratch and many include ingredients grown in the school garden.

Chefs in the garden. Students at schools with gardens and scratch-cooked food develop an understanding and appreciation for the proper role of food in their lives.

Students at schools with gardens and scratch-cooked food develop an understanding and appreciation for the proper role of food in their lives.

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