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Midwest School Districts Celebrate with Midwest Menu Event


On 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.

Almost 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.


The 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.