This Success Story was submitted by Jacqueline Morgan, Director of Food Services in Milton, MA. You can also share your Success Stories here!
This partnership formed two years ago when Michelle Obama developed the “Let’s Move” Campaign. At that time our Food Service Director, Jackie Morgan, applied for a grant for a salad bar from Whole Foods. The Dedham store awarded the Pierce Middle School a $3,000 salad bar that the Food Service Department turned into a fruit and veggie cart so that students could take more fruits and veggies with their lunches.
Since then, Whole Foods staff members, including Maureen Buckley, Healthy Eating Specialist in Dedham; Alex Tillotson, Culinary Demo Specialist in Dedham; Lisa Caldwell, Healthy Eating Specialist in Wellesley; and Samantha Gafford, Customer Service Supervisor in Wellesley, have been in Pierce Middle School working with our health teacher, Chris Maine. They also have been in each of his classrooms teaching nutrition lessons.
Recently, the team has been working with the High School Food Service team on the five half-days. Whole Foods staff members brought in a chef and and taught the Food Service staff new and creative food dishes, focusing on our newly-mandated offerings by USDA, which include dark leafy greens, orange vegetables and beans.
We are grateful to the folks at Whole Foods who have helped to make this collaboration extremely productive. I am also grateful to our Food Service staff whom have made this such a huge success.