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Ethnic Foods & Education successes shared and lessons learned. Highline & Seattle Public Schools Presented by: Brie Smith and Kirsten Frandsen. Project Overview. Goal- offer meals to reflect student diversity Launched in September 2005 Funding sources

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ethnic foods education successes shared and lessons learned

Ethnic Foods & Educationsuccesses shared and lessons learned

Highline & Seattle Public Schools

Presented by: Brie Smith and Kirsten Frandsen

Ethnic Foods & Education/Smith & Frandsen

project overview
Project Overview
  • Goal- offer meals to reflect student diversity
  • Launched in September 2005
  • Funding sources
  • Successes, challenges and lessons learned

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why ethnic foods
Why Ethnic Foods?
  • Diverse student body
  • American diet- increased risk of chronic disease
  • NSLP = Higher quality diets overall
  • “Classroom to Cafeteria” connection

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goals and objectives
Goals and Objectives

Goals:

  • Offer meals to reflect student diversity
  • Food and cultural education

Objectives:

  • Increase participation in NSLP
  • Encourage healthy eating habits
  • Promote good will
  • Increase student knowledge

Ethnic Foods & Education/Smith & Frandsen

cultures
Cultures

Ethnic categories represented:

  • African
  • Asian
  • South Pacific
  • Latino
  • Mediterranean

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recipes
Recipes

Sources:

Recipe Contest

Restaurants

Staff Recipes

Cookbook/Online Recipes

Cultural “Potlucks”

Native Individuals

Other School Districts

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production
Production
  • Feasibility
  • Recipe testing
  • Taste test- students/staff
  • Recipe modification
  • Retest in large quantities
  • Production records

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considerations
.Considerations

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menus
Menus

Vietnamese

Vietnamese sandwich

Tropical fruit cup

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Menus

Somali

Somali Spaghetti

Banana

Tossed Salad (Italian Dressing)

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Menus

African American

African American Gumbo

Cornbread

Yams

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Menus

Thai

Chicken Curry (Phat Prik Gai)

Brown Rice

Papaya

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Menus

Hispanic

Taco Supreme (tostada)

Black Beans and Corn Salad

Spanish Rice

Watermelon

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Menus

Filipino

Egg Roll (Lumpia)

Pancit Noodles

Filipino Fruit Salad

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Menus

South Pacific

Luau Chicken

Coconut Rice

Cucumber Slices

Baby Banana

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Menus

Chinese

Mu Shu Chicken/Beef

Mandarin Oranges

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Mediterranean

Beef Gyros

Hummus

Mediterranean Salad & Tzatziki

Grapes

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project costs
Project Costs
  • Promotional materials

$3.00/school

  • Food for recipe

$200/culture

  • Labor costs

80 hours/culture.

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meal costs food
Meal Costs (food)

Too much

Just right

Could do more

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timeline
Timeline

Considerations:

Recipe development

Training

Ordering

Communication

Anticipate problems!

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marketing promotions
Marketing & Promotions
  • Promotions:
    • Manager Initiated
    • Ethnic Food Buffet with Board
    • Seattle Staff Café
    • School Board Meals
    • Monthly teacher/staff emails
    • Posters

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educational materials
Educational Materials
  • Menu backs
  • Supplemental activity sheets
  • Lesson plans
    • Portion Sizes-Laos
    • 5 a day-Rainbow of colors-Cambodia
    • Eating together as a family-Philippines

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media attention
Media Attention
  • Strong interest
    • TV stations
    • Highline Times
    • Seattle Post Intelligencer
    • KUOW/NPR

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feedback
Feedback
  • Kitchen Managers
    • Vietnamese Meal
      • Well accepted, easy to make,

strong smell!

    • Somali Spaghetti
      • Familiar to students, similar labor as

spaghetti

    • Thai Meal
      • Too spicy, kids didn’t like it, but easy to make

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Feedback
  • Teachers/Staff
    • Utilized menu back information
    • Stated value
  • Students
    • Mixed responses by school/grade
    • Authenticity?

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lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Communication is very important
  • Realistic timeline
  • Promotions = increased excitement
  • Need more taste tests

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barriers challenges
Barriers & Challenges
  • Time consuming
    • Recipe development & testing
    • Staff training
    • Marketing and education
  • Working with local vendors
  • Food allergies
  • Produce considerations
  • Staff perception & participation
  • Keep authenticity with common thread

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outcomes successes
Outcomes/Successes
  • Increased visibility
  • Can fit within budget
  • Generated good will
  • Increases in lunch participation?
  • Scratch cooking vs. heat & serve
  • Supports 2005 Dietary Guidelines
  • Introduced & exposed students to other cultures through food!

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acknowledgments
Acknowledgments
  • Seattle and Highline School District Staff

-Chris Neal- NS Director, Highline Public Schools

-Anita Finch- NS Director, Seattle Public Schools

-Wendy Weyer- Dietitian, Seattle Public Schools

-Production Kitchen Mangers- BJ Weisberg, Jan Anderson, Kathye Slagg, Betty Heyden & Pam Chabot

  • Student volunteers from the University of Washington and Bastyr University

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contact us
Contact Us

Kirsten Frandsen

Nutrition Coordinator-STEPS to Health King County (Seattle, Highline and Tukwila School Districts)

kifrandsen@seattleschools.org

206-252-0686

Brianna Smith, RD

Nutrition Services Manager

smithbm@hsd401.org

206-433-2209

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