For National School Lunch Week: ‘What’s Cooking?’

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By KATIE JUSTICE, kjustice@clickthepaper.com

From local celebrities dishing out baked chicken and sliced peaches to convincing students to “Give Beans a Chance,” Jackson County, the winner of the 2012 Georgia School Nutrition Association Wellness Award, is sponsoring several events for National School Lunch Week, Oct. 15-19.

The theme for National School Lunch Week is “School Lunch —What’s Cooking?” The aim of the week’s activities and events is to promote the benefits of eating healthy school lunches.

In Jackson County, students can look forward to a Georgia Day themed menu on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Lunch will consist of baked chicken, a whole wheat roll, a tossed salad with ranch dressing, steamed broccoli, sliced peaches, a warm apple crisp and milk.

Also, local celebrities including a state representative, local sheriff, naval officer and athlete training for the 2016 Olympics will be taking a step behind the lunch counter to help serve students their midday meal.

A mystery fruit and vegetable contest, sponsored in collaboration with Funopolis Family Fun Center, will be hosted throughout October. Students are asked to identify a mystery fruit or vegetable with entries places in a ballot box.

The National School Lunch Essay Contest, a collaboration with Tanger Outlets, will be open to students of all grades. The contest encourages students to write an essay explaining their understanding of “what’s cooking’ in their school cafeteria.

Lastly, a taste test will be provided, prompting students to “Give Beans a Chance” by tasting black beans prepared in a variety of ways, including in brownies.

See more on the story in the Oct. 11 print edition of The Paper.