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Midwest School Districts Celebrate with Midwest Menu Event
Thursday, October 6th school districts across the Midwest will
celebrate healthy, regional, and sustainable school meals by
participating in the Third Annual Midwest Menu event.
500,000 students, from Detroit to Omaha, including some of the largest
districts in the region will participate in the special lunch event.
What does a Midwest Menu look like? While each tray will look a little different, all participating districts include ingredients sourced from the region. The
one menu item which will be consistent on all of the menus will be a
delicious whole muscle drumstick that meets the USDA CRAU Standard for
responsible antibiotic use.
At Omaha Public Schools, our students will enjoy a menu featuring foods locally grown or manufactured from Nebraska. Not only is the day a “Nebraska Thursday” but it is also our “Midwest Menu”.
Ranch Chicken Drummies (Elementary Schools) – from Smart Chicken, Tecumseh, NE.
Oven Baked Fiery Chicken (Secondary Schools) – from Smart Chicken, Tecumseh, NE.
Pepped Up Potatoes – from Farmer’s Fresh – O’Neil, NE.
Fresh Local Apple – from DeGroot’s Orchard, Madison, NE.
Warm Breadstick – from Rotella’s Bakery, Omaha, NE.
Cool, Fresh Milk – from Hiland Dairy, various producers within 100 miles of Omaha, NE.
Midwest Menu is organized by five large districts participating in the
Focus Midwest Learning Lab: Chicago Public Schools, Des Moines Public
Schools, Omaha Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, and the Detroit Public Schools Community District.
The food service directors, staff, and community partners of the Focus
Midwest Learning Lab have been working together since 2012 to
collectively leverage their purchasing power to improve the quality of
food served to public school students. The Learning Lab is a project of
School Food Focus, a national non-profit organization which supports
school districts to move toward school meals which feature more
healthful, regional and sustainable menu items. These five districts
alone will serve over 475,000 students through the Midwest Menu event on October 6th.
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