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Stratch Cooking: If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It

Mapleton Public Schools (MPS, Thornton) prepare their meals from scratch. Breakfast and lunch during the school year and during the summer are made by scratch. Sauces are made and not bought in jars or cans, rolls are baked the day they are needed and food is cooked (not reheated) in each school kitchen. Most families […]

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Wash, Wash, Wash Your Hands

My mind works in song, and today I’m singing, “Wash, Wash, Wash Your Hands.” For the next eight weeks my Fridays will entail cleaning up breakfast followed by preparing, serving and cleaning up lunch for a summer food site. So, the first thing I needed to do to follow health guidelines was to wash my […]

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Pizza Day: Kids Still Love Their Veggies!

To me, a nutritious meal is enjoyable and necessary. For many children, however, healthy food, such as vegetables and fruits, is not enjoyable or tolerable. It can be a chore to teach children to eat well. Most schools do not have staff who regularly encourage children to eat broccoli and salad, but at Ellis Elementary it […]

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The Show Must Go On

If you run a summer food program site, this true story could very easily be your story. Picture the morning with scrambled eggs and pancakes eaten, the kitchen clean and the children on the way to the library. Add to it that it is only 9:30 a.m. Everything has run smoothly this morning, so you […]

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Turkey Sandwich with the Greatest Diva of All Time

Turkey on whole wheat English Muffins, salad, carrots and chocolate milk- that’s a lunch that will do a body good. This lunch was served at the Bridges of Silence childcare center where Aretha Franklin’s song, R-E-S-P-E-C-T, bounced into my head and has been repeating from my lips since I left Bridges of Silence this afternoon. From the greeting when […]

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A Full Day: Summer Nutrition and Enrichment

Yesterday, forty-five mothers gathered for Zumba class in the Cross Roads of the Rockies gymnasium while their children attended a sports and activities class in a separate room. Following the class, the children were given a free, nutritious meal which they ate while joking with friends and family. There was no rush to eat or leave as […]

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Governor Hickenlooper Visits Alamosa Summer Lunch at Boys and Girls Club

On June 9th, Governor Hickenlooper visited a summer food site in Alamosa as part of Summer Food week. The Governor was joined by Darlene Barnes, Regional Administrator of USDA-FNS Mountain Plains; Frank Martinez, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley; Robert Alejo, Superintendent of Alamosa Schools; Kathy Roger, Mayor […]

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