Mayor Mclean visits Northeast Elementary Summer Food Program in Brighton

On Friday, Mayor Dick Mclean visited Northeast Elementary Summer Food Site in Brighton. I was excited to visit Northeast for several reasons. Not only are they serving summer food and partnering with the nearby Shopneck Boys and Girls Club to ensure high participation, but during the school year they also serve universal free breakfast in the classroom. […]

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Mayor Joyce Downing of NorthGlenn visits Adams 12 Summer Lunch Program

Today I visited Westview Elementary in Northglenn with Mayor Joyce Downing and Chris Sjolin of Adams 12 Enterprise Services. We had a delicious lunch of pizza (with lowfat cheese and whole grain crust), green salad, fruit salad, a whole wheat roll, a frozen 100% juice pop, and milk. It was terrific to get to talk […]

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Hunger Free Families

Through many summer food site visits, one of the most difficult aspects of the program became apparent through several instances. In particular, I remember last week serving  milk when a mother asked how much the meal cost for adults. At this specific site, the cost is only $1, as the remainder of the cost has […]

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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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