Six culinary students from Chicago’s Richards Career Academy prepared a special healthy lunch with White House assistant chef Sam Kass in honor of the Healthy Schools Campaign’s Cooking Up Change, a nationwide effort and model to bring better food into America’s schools. The students developed the menu as part of a competition last fall.
The Healthy Schools Campaign, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to advocating for more money for better food in public schools, challenged high school students in Chicago to create a school meal that exceeds the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s nutrition standards for the National School Lunch program while using ingredients available through the school food service.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a funder of the Healthy Schools Campaign and a leader in the good food movement, is helping drive the national conversation to ensure students get the fresh, healthy foods they need to learn and grow.
The healthy winning recipes; stuffed pepper with chicken, carrot quesadilla and fresh fruit salsa salad were prepared by the students with Chef Kass at Martha’s Table, a nonprofit community center for at-risk children. The meal was also served to House members and staffers at the Longworth Cafeteria and to 40,000 students at schools across the country.