As the school year is drawing to a close, it’s important that our Kids Eat Smart Clubs continue until school is officially dismissed. We want students to have access to a healthy meal each day they attend school. That being said, we want to ask our wonderful volunteers to practice smart shopping and only buy what is needed for the week. We want to make sure food isn’t wasted and left to spoil when school is over. Please, use the food you have and purchase only what you need!
Here are some suggestions that can help you use the foods you have left in your KES Club:
- If you have lots of cereal on hand, prepare some small baggies of mixed cereal for those children who don’t want to eat their cereal with milk. Junior High and High school students will love this to munch on while they do some last minute studying before they head to their classrooms to write their exams.
- If you have lots of fruit (fresh or frozen) make some smoothies by adding some of the extra milk, yogurt or juice you have on hand as well.
- During the very last week of school provide your students with grab-and-go options as it’s much easier to buy smaller amount of foods and are usually used quicker. Set this up where all students can see it when they walk through the school doors, they are more likely to avail of it then.
We hope that everyone can try to use the food they have before the year is out. Some things may be stored until next year while other foods will be expired. Check the dates to ensure safe storage.
Enjoy the last 2 weeks of your KES Club for the 2013-2014 school year!!
Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador