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A New Look at Fruits and Vegetables in Schools

By Mary Schroeder, Extension Educator — Health and Nutrition

On August 13, 60 school food service staff in the west central Minnesota attended a three-hour training on fruits and vegetables in Fergus Falls. The training was part of the annual school food service training by sponsored by the Lakes Country Service Cooperative and facilitated by University of Minnesota Extension Health and Nutrition staff.

Participants learned why fruits and vegetables are important for school-aged children and how to safely purchase, prepare, and serve fruits and vegetables. A highlight of the training is when school food service staff learn to improve their skills in preparing fruits and vegetables by practicing knife skills and making simple fruit- and vegetable-based menu items that could be served in school.

School foodservice staff apply their learning in Fergus Falls.

Finally, participants learn simple, low cost strategies to encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Participants agreed or strongly agreed the training was applicable to their work and provided them with new skills. For more information about this training, visit Workshops for School Foodservice Professionals.

To see how else Extension is partnering with Lakes Country Service Coop, see this blog post: Through Grant, Extension Helps Fresh Connect Food Hub Grow
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