Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Vegetarian Menu Choices Make the Grade at Paul R. Smith Middle

Following the FNS department's recognition as being in the top five 2009 Most Vegetarian-Friendly Public School Districts in the US, FNS asked Paul R. Smith Middle School vegetarian students to sample a variety of new and existing menu offerings on Tuesday, October 20th. All the offerings were meatless, but taste similar to traditional favorites. Choices included the meatless BBQ rib sandwich, Morning Star Farms chick patties, Morning Star Farms veggie burger patties, pancakes with meatless sausage, veggie nachos and more. Many of the items are already featured on the middle school and high school menus, but FNS is always looking for ways to add healthy choices, while meeting the needs of our students. The overall favorite was the BBQ rib sandwich, which is already a part of our current menu offerings! The school is considering starting a "Veggie Zone" that features a variety of vegetarian choices at a dedicated serving line, along with the school's regular school lunch menu. It would be a pilot program that could expand to other schools if successful. Vegetarian items would be labeled with stickers identifying whether the choices were vegan, ovo-lacto, or lacto vegetarian choices. If the feedback is positive, the program could begin when the students return from the winter break in 2010. If you would like to provide us with your feedback, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).