Fruits and veggies galore – the students keep coming back for more!
The salad bar offered during our school lunch is a big hit with students, and food service directors are happily surprised to find that the salad bar is helping kids choose tasty and healthy options for lunch.
“It is amazing how many kids do pick the cucumbers, carrot sticks, olives, peaches…It always surprised me how they went for the side vegetables,” said Food Service C0-Director Ms. Vanessa Juniper.
Ms. Vanessa is one of two TCDS employees in charge of the food services at our school. Ms.Stacey Love is also a Food Service Co-Director.
Healthy Innovations is the company which caters the daily lunches to our school. Chef Armando Rodriguez is the owner and chef of Healthy Innovations. His wife Claudia, as well as their assistant Maria, help Chef Armando with cooking and serving the meals at TCDS every day.
The salad bar is offered each day. Healthy Innovations employees set up the salad bar with a wide array of fruits, vegetables and some special treats, sure to appeal to children and adults of all ages.
Every meal includes a trip to the fresh salad bar. If students choose not to order one of the main entrees offered, they can order the fruit and salad bar meal, allowing them to fill up solely on salad bar options.
Food that is offered on the salad bar changes slightly from day to day. One main change is the “sweet treats” offering. Once a week, students are treated to banana pudding, which seems to be one of many favorite options among the children.
In regards to the salad bar, second grader Ashley told us, “I love it because it has a lot of salad and different foods.”
Isabella, also in second grade, said, “I like salad a bunch. My grandma calls me a bunny.”
Parent volunteers and caterers serve the students in kindergarten through third grade, as well as students in preschool and pre-kindergarten.
Watching the children flow smoothly through the salad bar, volunteers ask the students if they want certain foods before putting it on their plates. On other instances, students request specific items, making sure to have their favorite healthy foods find their way onto their plates.
“I like the peaches,” Alayna told us.
Mylo said, “I like the peaches, cucumbers, carrots and some oranges.”
In middle school – sixth through eighth grade – students serve themselves, with volunteers assisting as needed.
In addition to Healthy Innovations employees, it takes three to seven parent volunteers each day to help serve lunch to students at our school.
More parent volunteers are always needed. If you are interested in volunteering your time during lunch, please contact Ms. Vanessa or Ms. Stacey.
Lelan in second grade summed up thoughts of the salad bar that students and staff look forward to on a daily basis.
“I like the cucumbers, carrots, oranges, peaches, banana pudding and all the stuff that they give you.”