Chef Arnon makes a "better burger" at Madera Elementary February 22 2017
Chef Arnon joined a community of parents, teachers, administrators, chefs, and volunteers for an extraordinary week of nourishing the minds and bodies of incredible children. This week was the first step toward building a healthy and just school food program year round. The food service at two schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District; were transformed for a week serving healthy, organic nourishing meals.
Chef Arnon together with 13 noteworthy Bay Area chefs scratch cooked and served breakfast and lunch daily for 1,100 students using fresh, local, organic seasonal, non-GMO (FLOSN) ingredients, supporting sustainable agriculture. Each chef sourced provisions from local organic farmers, ranchers and purveyors supporting local economies The meals far exceeded USDA National School Lunch Program (NSLP) nutrition guidelines and the kids loved every morsel that landed on their plates!
Students, teachers, parents, staff, chefs, business and civic leaders and volunteers connected around food in new ways fostering community that extended from the dining hall to the classrooms, home to kitchen tables and out into the community. The result was an unparalleled sense of joy for all involved and nourishment for the minds and bodies of these beautiful children. Most importantly, this was the start of a shift in school food culture that will continue to thrive.