This school year, Ritenour Child Nutrition Services is encouraging students to embrace new food items, especially fruits and vegetables, which are typically turned down by students. Studies suggest a child needs to taste a new food item at least five times before it is chosen by the child as a staple in their diet. Through new fruit and vegetable promotional events in school cafeterias and classrooms, students at all schools will sample fruit and vegetables that they may not have the opportunity to try otherwise. Help us spread the word and encourage your student(s) to participate in these district-wide events.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Kratz Elementary School has been selected to participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). The FFVP is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MODESE). A least two days a week, a fresh fruit or vegetable snack will be provided to students in their classroom. The goal of the FFVP is to improve children's overall diet and create healthier eating habits to impact their present and future health.
Try-Day Tuesdays and Thursdays
"Try-Day" is our elementary school tasting program. One Tuesday or Thursday per month, elementary students will have the opportunity to taste a seasonal recipe independent from the school menu. Recipes highlight food components already featured in the school meal programs, which include fruit, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and dairy. We aim to offer a great variety of exciting, nutritious and delicious foods on our menus, so gaining student participation will help encourage healthy habits in the cafeteria and at home!
Tongue Twister Tuesday and Thursday
We’re changing the direction of students’ taste buds towards fruit and vegetables through our “Tongue Twister” promotion at Heoch and Ritenour Middle Schools! One Tuesday or Thursday per month, students will be invited to spin the Tongue Twister for an opportunity to try a fruit or vegetable sample influenced by the colors of the rainbow. Events are held quarterly with devotion to a particular color of the rainbow. First quarter will feature red-orange produce, second quarter will feature yellow-green produce and third quarter will feature blue, indigo, and violet produce.