Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week

Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week (HGSLW)

FSNE educators and teachers use this annual event as an opportunity to craft a multi-layered SEM intervention at FSNE schools:

  • Students are tasting local products in the cafeteria
  • Students have opportunities to learn about, help prepare, and taste locally-grown food in the classroom
  • Students are engaged in gardening and nutrition lessons and activities that support HGSLW
  • Local farmers and producers can be invited to the school to speak to students about local agriculture

How can you get involved?

  • Review the school menu – are local items highlighted?
  • Connect with the county food service director to determine county-wide events.
  • Chat with the cafeteria manager to learn of any items that will be promoted.
  • Connect with administration to learn of any school-wide events.
  • Determine how to support and promote Farm to School activities that are happening in your school/county.
  • During your FSNE lesson – promote foods tasted in the cafeteria during HGSLW.
  • Build lessons around locally-grown foods.
  • Invite local farmers to discuss locally-grown products and agriculture in general.
  • Provide in-direct materials to go home with students
  • Promote HGSLW or farm to school on school’s morning announcements
  • Promote HGSLW or Farm to school with a classroom door decorating contest
  • Hang posters in the cafeteria

FSNE Educators can :

  • Select a Read for Health book/tasting to highlight local foods or particular items from the week’s menu
  • Market to Mealtime (M2M) :
    • Use the summer or fall lesson, depending on the menu.
    • Display in parent room or area with high parent traffic.
    • Sponsor a Worksite Wellness Lunch and Learn for teachers (include a tasting).
    • Share recipes with staff and parents that include local items featured on cafeteria menu.
  • Nutrition to Go
    • Show simple Ways to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables.
    • Put Nutrition to Go displays in parent room or area with high parent traffic.
    • Provide a Lunch and Learn session for teachers (include a tasting of fall fruits and vegetables)

Other ideas to consider during Homegrown School Lunch Week:

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