Farm to School Month Midwest Menu Webinar

About the webinar

Are you interested in doing something special with your whole tray to celebrate Food Day during Farm to School Month this year? The Midwest Menu might be just what you are looking for! In the spirit of collective celebration, all schools across the Midwest are invited to serve a coordinated lunch tray featuring local and regional foods on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015.

Join this webinar to hear the stories of food service staff who participated last year—they will share advice and answer questions to help you plan your own local foods celebration.

Each tray should include a chicken item of your choice and an apple—locally or regionally procured if possible! Step two is to find a vegetable and whole grain side that showcase the bounty of your local area. A highlight of participation is having your students bite into their local apples at the same time for an enthusiastic Great Apple Crunch!

A project of the School Food FOCUS Upper Midwest Regional Learning Lab, the Midwest Menu is a great way to join forces with schools around the region to highlight your local and regional food efforts!

Presentation Slides


Chad Elliott

Decorah Community School District, Iowa

Chad Elliott si the Culinary Specialist for Decorah Community School District, Iowa.

Vanessa Herald

University of Wisconsin - Madison

 Vanessa Herald  is the Farm to School Specialist at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at University of Wisconsin - Madison, and co-developed the curriculum with IATP. She will share…

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Sandy Huisman, RD, MS, LD

Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa

Sandy Huisman is the Director Food and Nutrition Management for Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa.

Melinda Maendele

Norris Public School District, Nebraska

Melinda Maendele is the Food Service Director at Norris Public School District, Nebraska.

Erin McKee VanSlooten

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Erin McKee VanSlooten joined IATP in 2010. Her current projects focus on Farm to School and Farm to Childcare, getting fresh healthy produce from our local growers into school and childcare meals…

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Posted August 12, 2015