Real Food for Kids, the advocacy group that has been working to bring changes to Fairfax County’s school food program, will be sponsoring the event, and many of my colleagues from the Fairfax County School Board and state government, not to mention the Education Department, will be in attendance.
The evening will kick-off with a keynote address from celebrated Chef and Author Ann Cooper, Director of Food Services in Boulder Valley School District, Colorado, a school system that has been a pioneer in serving healthier food. A panel will follow featuring local restaurateurs, nutrition experts and medical health practitioners.
However, what I’m most excited for is the challenge extended to students in our FCPS Culinary Arts programs to create a fresh, nutritious and appealing salad bar that meets USDA National School Lunch Program guidelines. This will be a great chance to preview one of the best features of our fresh food pilot program coming to Marshall in the coming years – the involvement of the Culinary Arts students in creating menu items – a wonderful way for us to draw on the creativity of our students.
Maple Avenue Market and Whole Foods in Vienna will be providing free, healthy snacks for attendees – only one more important reason to attend!