Fresh Local Foods Featured In Minidoka School Lunches


By Jay Michaels

Paul, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Minidoka schools are one of eight districts experimenting with serving their students fresh Idaho foods. The program is expected to expand statewide next year.

Fresh and local – it's what kids near Rupert are eating in their lunchrooms all this month.

It's tough to get kids to eat their food, but this month these kids are eating foods from all over Idaho. So far, it looks like success.

Food Service Supervisor Phyllis Bean says, "The fingersteaks are produced from B&D Fingersteaks in Boise. They manufacture them there. The corn, Dr. Johnson from Rupert raised and provided for us. We purchased 3900 ears of corn."

The Minidoka school lunch program is buying as many Idaho products as it can this month. Those include Falls Brand hot dogs, Sims Orchards apples, and tortillas made in Boise.

Kelee Hansen with the Idaho Child Nutrition Program says, "We'll pull together what we've learned, and share that with the other schools. So that they can be involved in having foods that they can get year round, as well as for next fall when more produce items are available."

This program helps students get in touch with the foods grown in their own state, and even their own neighborhoods.

Bean says, "Fingerling potatoes from Southwind Farms here in Heyburn, and we purchased nectarines from Shoemaker's Orchards in Nampa, Idaho. And then our milk is local."

It all adds up to the sweet taste of foods grown in Idaho on the lunchroom table.

This pilot program wraps up at the end of the month.

September 5, 2013.

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