NEWPORT- Public school officials peeked at foods that might be served to students as early as next fall.
Nokomis Regional High School in Newport was the scene for a showcase of different foods.
There were items ranging from breakfast foods like cereal and waffles to lunch foods including chicken, tacos, tater tots, fruits and vegetables and even spring rolls.
The food show was an opportunity for food brokers to preview and sell their food to different school officials from across the state.
But this is the first step public schools are making in order to make sure students are provided the food they need.
“We have about twenty five food brokers that come in to show other school districts, their kitchen managers and food service directors, different items that we might be able to menu to our students,” said David Leighton.
Leighton, the Director of Child Nutrition for Regional School Unit 19 Newport, also stated that faculty from more than thirty five different school districts showed up to sample the different foods.
The event was especially important for one organization that is working to end student hunger through school meals.
Anna Corsen, the Program Director of non-profit organization Full Plates Full Potential, states that the event held Monday morning is important to combat child hunger.
“Kids that are hungry just can’t learn and kids are in school for a good chunk of their childhood and we just really think that school meals are the best way to reach hungry kids,” Corsen said.
Now that the food show is over, schools officials and faculty will contact the food wholesalers they were intrigued by.
Then they will set up contracts for the food to eventually get from the brokers into the school cafeteria.