Lewiston-Altura School District has been growing its Farm to School program for several years. The District has brought in more local and regional foods to the school cafeteria, which serves on average 615 students and 25 staff daily. In the winter of 2017, Lewiston-Altura School District partnered with SHIP to offer taste tests. Elementary students sampled cherries and avocados, Intermediate students sampled hummus and guacamole, and High School students sampled Asian pears and guacamole. This opportunity for students to try new and healthy foods provides the school with valuable data to help determine if items should be included in the school menu. Educational handouts were provided to students to raise awareness about the nutritious value of the items.
Surveys collected after the taste tests indicated:
73% of elementary school students said they were “Likely” or “Very likely” to eat fruit instead of candy
51% of high school students said they were “Likely” or “Very likely” to eat fruit instead of candy
39% of elementary school students eat three or more servings of vegetables per day
26% of high school students eat three or more servings of vegetables per day
64% of elementary school students eat three or more pieces of fruit per day
52% of high school students eat three or more pieces of fruit per day
Lewiston-Altura School District contributed a 45% match of funds and in-kind labor for the wellness initiatives supported by SHIP.
“The guacamole was a HUGE hit with students and staff. We definitely hope to add this to our menu. Most people have never tried or even knew what an Asian pear was. But once they tried it, they liked it,” Lori La Brec, High School Food Services.
The District would like to provide more of these opportunities in the future, and hopefully encourage students and staff to continue to try new healthy foods they might come across in the grocery store.