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We’re not sure if you heard but our Summer Newsletter is out! β˜€οΈ Find out what we’ve been up to with School Food Innovation Lab, Green + Cook for Kids in the Bronx, new Board of Directors interviews, fitness tips and a special summer recipe. Head to our link in bio to read more! πŸ—ž

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Help us welcome our partner @choptsalad in opening their fourth NJ location at 405 Bergen Town Center in Paramus today! πŸ₯—πŸŽ‰ Come celebrate with a free salad with any donation to WITS between 11:30am-1:30pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm. (One salad, bowl or wrap per person with donation via cash or card) #choptgives

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FACES OF WITS πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³πŸ€ΎπŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ« ....................................................................................Chef Cait Olesky helps Novato CA elementary students fall in love with vegetarian chili made with local bell peppers and cilantro for garnish. These kiddos were thrilled when WITS Veggie Chili came to their cafeteria following the labs!

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Cheers to a happy and healthy weekend πŸ₯•πŸ₯•πŸ₯• We can’t wait to see everyone back in school in the fall! The countdown is on to #feedkidsrealfood in school cafeterias across the country.

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FACES OF WITS πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³πŸ€ΎπŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ« ....................................................................................”Changing the way we eat is not an easy thing. Getting children to give healthier options a real opportunity sometimes seems like uphill battle. Yet everyday I remind myself that this is a battle that needs to be done, and that one little mind that we can influence is a step in the right direction." - Sara Martinez, WITS Chef in Broward County, Florida

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#fbf β€œLead with love. Low ego. High impact. Move at the speed of trust.” - Gloria Steinem’s advice for tough conversations. Last week, we spent 2 days in NYC with fearless school food leaders. Together, we held honest conversations on how to expand cooking from scratch in school cafeterias across the country. It’s no easy feat, but this group of change-makers from Arlington, Austin, Boulder, Minneapolis, NYC, and Washington D.C. is committed to envisioning what is possible, building on multiple years of collective experience. Many thanks to @life_time_foundation for helping us make this happen. Stay tuned to see what we have in store... πŸ“· credit @evansungnyc

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Peaches are peaking πŸ‘πŸ§‘ August is National Peach Month where you can find this juicy stone fruit loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C in season at your local farmers market or grocery store. Try cutting some up to add to a summer salad or smoothie!

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FACES OF WITS πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³πŸ€ΎπŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ« ................................................................................. β€œIt has been wonderful to have WITS working with FoodPrints this year! WITS Chef Jami has made the process go smoothly and has really helped to support the kitchen staff so we can get scratch-cooked food to the kids and help make the connection between what we are doing in the FoodPrints classes and what they are eating in the cafeteria. Changing the future one meal at a time” -Jill Peralta, FoodPrints Teacher at John Tyler Elementary School, Washington DC

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Happy Monday from the WITS virtual staff retreat! Stay tuned as we prep for a very exciting year ahead 🀩

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Summer cookin’ by our Chef Evie roasting up seasonal veggies like tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant. Eating in season not only tastes better but has higher nutritional value and is more environmentally friendly. So go ahead and experiment with some of favorites this weekend! πŸ…πŸ†πŸ₯’

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We’d like to take this time during National Culinary Arts Appreciation Month to recognize all the chefs that participated in our Spring Gala and chef partners. πŸ™πŸΌπŸ₯˜πŸ’₯Thank you for all of your innovative creations and efforts in helping us teach children healthy habits. #feedkidsrealfood

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Excited to share that our programming has expanded into more public schools in the DC area! πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ It’s been an incredibly powerful three days as we have worked, cooked, trained, supported, shared and danced with @dcpublicschools Food and Nutrition staff. These new menus and wellness ambassadors are going to knock your socks off! πŸ’₯

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Who else is feeling like a baked bean today? πŸ˜‰πŸ”₯ July is Baked Bean Month where we celebrate these nutritious and hearty legumes. WITS includes many different types of beans to our lunch menus adding protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals to each meal. They also have a small price tag and bring big flavor! #nationalbakedbeanmonth

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FACES OF WITS πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³πŸ€ΎπŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ« ................................................................................. β€œI like this. I really like this. It's healthy and it tastes good.” -Zaire, Kindergarten student at PS 145, NYC

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Fresh romaine, basil and kale from our WITS chef @victoriab_bklyn’s garden filled with countless nutrients to keep us healthy. Summer is the perfect time to engage children in planting projects at home to get them involved with growing their food. πŸ’šπŸŒ±πŸƒ#eatrealfood #feedkidsrealfood

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July is Social Wellness Awareness Month, a time to nurture yourself and relationships. πŸ’› Having friends, coworkers, family and other people you can turn to can have a major improvement in the quality of life and your health. Grow your social network by pursuing your interests and hobbies (such as working out or volunteering) and you will be bound to meet others with similar passions. πŸ‘«πŸ‘¬πŸ‘­

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NYC is a few weeks into Summer Meals offering FREE breakfast and lunch to anyone under 18 years old by the DOE. (No registration, documentation, or ID is required). This program ensures all children have access to free meals across the entire city. Please check the Summer Meals website in our link in bio to find your nearest location! And help spread the word!

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FACES OF WITS πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³πŸ€ΎπŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ« ................................................................................. β€œWe had the honor of attending the Spring Gala where DoorDash sponsored free deliveries for WITS to transport food and supplies in preparation for the event. The gala was incredible and overstimulating - in the best way! We especially loved connecting over a shared cause with our partners from Chop't, who are also big fans of WITS.” -Team members Toni and Liz, DoorDash, NYC

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Coming back from the holiday weekend is a little easier knowing WITS @billtelepan & @oceananyc’s Lobster Cart officially open for business starting today! Which roll do you prefer - Connecticut-style Hot Style Rolls with butter and herbs or Maine-style with lobster Aioli?? 🦞🦞

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Happy and healthy 4th of July from the WITS crew! These delicious frozen yogurt strawberry stars are the perfect treat to share with friends and family. πŸ“β­οΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŽ†

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The Upper East Side is about to get a lot sweeter! Please help us in welcoming Levain Bakery to its new location at 1484 Third Avenue. As a valued partner for many years, Levain will be donating 100% of their proceeds to Wellness in the Schools​ from their Grand Opening Day, Wednesday, July 17 as early as 6am- just in time to make it the most delicious summer yet! We’ll see you there! πŸͺπŸͺπŸͺ

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FACES OF WITS πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³πŸ€ΎπŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ« ................................................................................. β€œI remember doing a tasting of kale salad and a boy came in with Taco Bell for his lunch. He asked if he could try the salad. He loved it so much that he pushed away his Taco Bell and ate 3 bowls of kale salad (not tasting cups but full sized bowls)! It was the culmination of everything I was trying to do all year.” -Jami Bailey, WITS Chef, Washington DC

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Hello July! 😎 As we move into this very warm month, it’s important we remember to protect our bodies as our skin has a very active role in our immune health. A few tips to help: 1. Try to stay out of direct sunlight during peak hours (around 10 AM to 3 PM). 2. Use a full-spectrum sunscreen if you will be outdoors during peak hours and make sure to check what's inside as there are a lot of endocrine disruptors and nano-metals present in commercial products (particularly the spray varieties). 3. Make sure you are properly hydrated while out in the sun!

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You don’t need deep pockets to be generous! Check out how WITS board member @mariadaou_ got creative in giving back even when she couldn’t always donate money. For the full article on expert strategies to give back through volunteering and fundraising to your favorite causes, head to our link in bio!

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How could we forget to celebrate National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month!! As peak season for many garden crops, this time is perfect to take advantage of freshly picked fruits and vegetables providing maximum nutrients. Whether they are part or your snack, salad, soup or smoothie, try to get your produce in daily! πŸ“πŸ…πŸ’πŸŠπŸ‘πŸ₯­πŸŒπŸ‹πŸ₯‘πŸπŸ₯πŸ₯’πŸ₯¬πŸ₯¦πŸŒ½

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FACES OF WITS πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³πŸ€ΎπŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ« ................................................................................. β€œAs a child who was always sneaking into the kitchen, eager to be shown anything and everything about cooking, I love seeing that same spark of interest and passion in the students. That we can inspire that, while also empowering them to make the best possible choices for their health and well being. This brings so much joy to me every day." - Ana Palaez, WITS Chef, Miami-Dade

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Kicking off summer with our Spinach-Basil Pesto Pasta and Paninis for the Summer Solstice Celebration with @nybg! πŸŒ±β˜€οΈβœ¨ It was a beautiful day taking part in the festivities and first big harvest of the year ☺️. Swipe for more pics and our delicious summer recipes!!

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Thank you @nyccouncil @galeabrewer @rlespinal @salamancajr80 @speakercoreyjohnson @marklevinenyc @brad.lander @menchaca @marktreyger @msvanessa77 @ritchietorrescd15 @councilman.cabrera @diana.ayala.161 @keithpowersnyc and to everyone else helping to change the course of our students' futures through #food & #nutrition education!

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It was a beautiful day as our team held a Staff Appreciation BBQ & Picnic for the amazing staff in Camden, New Jersey! We served up a BBQ serving traditional food and vegetarian options, & for dessert, Chef Rebecca's Watermelon cake hit the spot! Our school cooks, aides, and custodial staff make the magic happen behind the scenes!! Thank you πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

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Finishing this school year πŸ’ͺ🏽 as our WITS chefs complete two days of FEAST Team Leader Training bringing nutrition & cooking education classes and food access to families. We can’t wait to start implementing @feast_for_all classes at WITS schools in September! #feedkidsrealfood

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FACES OF WITS πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³πŸ€ΎπŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ« ............................................................................... β€œPlant science and environmental education should be more than just something students read about in a text book…it’s about sparking wonder and empowering them to make healthy decisions about food- not just because it’s good for them but because it tastes good too! For kids growing up in NYC, their local farm might be down the street and on a rooftop! Whether donating seedlings to WITS’ school gardens or participating in cooking class, one of the best feelings is to have students eat greens by the handful and ask for more!” Nicole Baum, Director of Marketing + Partnerships, Gotham Greens, NYC

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Brightening this Monday with our freshly picked carrots from @bakercreekseeds in Lu Sutton’s garden. Planted at the end of April, students were so excited to see their seeds turn into fresh produce. 🌱πŸ₯•πŸŒ±

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Ending the week with a special spring recipe from our Chef Partner @blueapron ! We’ve been working with Blue Apron since 2017 when they adopted four schools in the Bronx. It’s been an incredible partnership, and we are deeply grateful for their support. Below is there recipe for their Pesto Mac & Cheese! πŸŒΏπŸπŸ§€ Ingredients: 2 cups basil leaves 1⁄4 cup mint leaves 1⁄2 cup canned chickpeas, drained 1⁄8 cup parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for garnish 1⁄2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 1 garlic clove, smashed 1 tsp lemon zest 2 teaspoons lemon juice (optional) 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted 6 oz fresh mozzarella, cubed 1/3 -1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling 12 oz dried or fresh pasta (any shape will do!) Method: 1. Start the Pesto: Add the basil leaves, mint, chickpeas, garlic, and a drizzle of olive oil to a food processor; pulse until chopped. 2. Finish the Pesto : Add the Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, lemon zest and juice (if using) to the food processor. Pulse until combined. With the processor running, slowly add enough olive oil through the feed tube and process until the pesto is finely pureed and thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Assemble your dish : Cook your pasta per the package instructions; thoroughly drain. Transfer the pesto to a large bowl. Add your cooked pasta, defrosted peas and cubed mozzarella. Mix to combine; season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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Yogi beans has partnered with WITS for seven years offering their classes during our Family Fitness Fun Nights as we are both passionate in fostering healthy habits in children at a young age. 🧑 If you didn’t catch our Spring Newsletter, they have shared a tip for us all! πŸ§˜πŸΌβ€β™€οΈβœ¨πŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈβœ¨ Yoga is a Mind- Body-Heart practice. Below are tips for each aspect of Yoga. Mind: Watch your thoughts! In our Yogi beans classes we practice our β€œI AM” mantras. Make sure the word that follows I AM is a word that makes you feel good! Body: One of the most simple and effective poses is Cat and Cow. Begin on your hands and knees. Round your back as if you were a scared cat to come into β€œcat” pose. Arch your back as you drop your belly to the floor for β€œcow” pose. These two poses are great to practice first thing in the morning to wake up your spine after a restful nights sleep. (Meows and Moo’s are optional!) Heart: Before the start of school, a child and their parent can take a moment to think of one thing that they are both grateful for. Cultivating gratitude and appreciation make for a happy heart.

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Not all superheros wear capes πŸ¦ΈπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ It was a proud day for WITS as our team prepared the Year End Appreciation Luncheon with Office of Food and Nutrition Services Managers, Supervisors and Head Cooks that we work with throughout the year. We can’t thank everyone enough for all their hard efforts in helping serve nutritious foods to our students! πŸ₯—πŸ₯¦πŸ₯•πŸ₯’πŸ‘πŸπŸ

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FACES OF WITS πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³πŸ€ΎπŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ« ............................................................................... β€œI know when I go to lunch it’s going to be yummy and good for me too. WITS and Foodprints lunch gives me so much energy!” Kindergarten student at Marie Reed ES, Washington D.C.

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Fresh Attitude Week may be over but we’re serving fresh fruits and veggies to our students until the end of time! Here, Broward County Public Schools students learned about Florida-grown string beans and sampled farm fresh recipes with @urbanschoolfoodalliance @bcpsfns and UF IFAS Solutions. πŸ₯—πŸ₯’πŸ₯¬

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🌿Harvest Day🌿 at Dos Puentes Elementary School teaching children about creating a more mindful and sustainable world by eating real food with @leaveitbetter @irbania. πŸŒŽπŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸŒΎπŸ₯¬

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Give it up for the cooks in the Bronx at our end of the year CookCamp follow up workshop! It was an amazing day filled with lessons in recipe readings, Mis en Place, knife skills, and a Snack Attack WITS BITS over a veggie packed lunch. Nothing makes us happier than helping others feed kids real food! πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ³πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ³πŸ‘¨β€πŸ³ #feedkidsrealfood

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Happy National Running Day! πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™‚οΈWe’re taking this time to celebrate the joy of jogging and getting our students active with running activities outdoors. #coachforkids #letkidsplay

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FACES OF WITS πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³πŸ€ΎπŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ« ................................................................................. β€œWe loved teaching 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders about the journey fruit and vegetables take to get from the farm to their plate and that a little blemish or imperfection on the outside doesn’t compromise the flavor on the inside. Seeing the students ask for a second helping of salad and taste imperfect tomatoes and realize they were just as delicious as the perfect tomatoes they often see at the grocery store was amazing!” Delaney Sondag, Sustainability Coordinator at Baldor Speciality Foods, NYC

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Although it’s not officially summer, warm weather is here which can leave us reaching for cold sweet beverages. It’s important we make sure to look at the back of our bottle’s label so we know what’s really inside. Chef Laurielle talks to our students about sugar overload and being mindful of reading the labels on our drinks. #feedkidsrealfood

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Vegetable purΓ©e dip has us dreaming about all different ways we can serve nutritious food to our students. πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³πŸ’­πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸ³ The wonderful @suzycupps from @untitlednyc shared carrots and sweet potato chips with fresh yogurt and beet hummus cups to PS3. They were not only vitamin-packed and delicious but beautiful too! #feedkidsrealfood

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Introducing students to different flavors from around the world with an extremely fun and successful International CafΓ© Day! 🌎πŸ₯˜πŸŒ½ India, Venezuela and Hungary were respresented with their traditional dishes including elotΓ©, chicken paprika, and a chickpea, cauliflower & pea dish with Indian spices. #feedkidsrealfood

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FACES OF WITS πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³πŸ€ΎπŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ« ............................................................................... β€œOne of my favorite memories from the year was at Cafe Day. I was so impressed with how genuinely proud and excited the kids were to share and try the different drinks they made for their classmates.” Tommy Kelly, Co-Founder of SOUND Tea, NYC

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Holiday weekend feels! We hope everyone gets outside and enjoys the sunshine β˜€οΈπŸ™πŸΌ And make sure to stay tuned for fitness tips from our WITS Newsletter being published next week. If you’re not already signed up, please DM us!

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More from our weeklong takeover in cafeterias all over NYC! Who wants WITS to come to their school?? πŸŽπŸ“πŸ…πŸ‘πŸŒπŸŒ½πŸ₯‘πŸ₯¦πŸ₯’πŸ₯­πŸ†

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It’s a WITS takeover! Yesterday we were at 4️⃣ different schools in 4️⃣ different boroughs taking over their school’s recess and cafeterias. Nothing makes us happier than bringing our coaches and cooks together with school staff to get students excited about nutritious food and active play! #feedkidsrealfood #letkidsplay

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It was an extraordinary morning for the WITS crew as we joined our chef partner @chefjoseandres on the Today Show with @ps145m sharing the most gigantic and delicious paella of all time! We can’t thank you enough for this fun opportunity and getting our students excited about scratch cooked delicious meals and veggies!! This memory will stay with them forever. Head to our link in bio to read more!

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As a successful and memorable school year comes to a close, we will be featuring favorite moments from our WITS Warriors [chefs, coaches, school leaders, students]. Stay tuned as we present: FACES OF WITS πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³πŸ€ΎπŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ« ............................................................................... β€œBack in the winter, I was getting the kids excited for the chili and roasted cauliflower lunch while they waited in line. One child who had never had either dish before said, β€œOkay I’ll try it, but I’m scared.’ Often times, kids are afraid to commit to a lunch with new items. Once he got his lunch, I sat down with him and we took a bite together on the count of 3. His face lit up and he said, β€˜Oh wow, I had no idea. I thought it was going to be gross, but this is awesome!’ It’s moments like these (that happen every day) that make me so thrilled to be doing this rewarding job of introducing new veggies to kids every day through scratch-cooked recipes.” -Annie, Program Manager, D.C