TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR STUDENT’S SCHOOL FOOD. W-N-C-T’S ELIZABETH TEW HAS MORE ON THE TRAINING AS WELL AS HOW FOOD WILL BE IMPACTED BY THE CHANGES TO THE “HEALTHY EATING ACT” MADE BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. 24 CHEF AMBASSADORS FROM ACROSS THE EAST ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE REGIONAL K-12 CULINARY INSTITUTE WORKSHOP WHERE THEY’RE LEARNING HOW TO CREATE MORE FRESH, APPEALING AND NUTRITIOUS MEALS. “the recipes they’re learning in these workshops incorporate all of those meal components, whole grain breads, fruits and vegetables, milk, and showcase some new ideas for offering them.” CHEFS SPENT WEDNESDAY PREPARING 16 DIFFERENT DISHES FROM A SWEET THAI CHICKEN BOWL TO PICO CUPS ALL WHILE LEARNING SKILLS LIKE ROASTING AND BLANCHING. NAT SOUND? THE TRAINING COMES AFTER THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL BE RELAXING PARTS OF THE HEALTHY HUNGER-FREE KIDS ACT IMPLEMENTED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA. UNDER THE ACT.SCHOOLS ARE REQUIRED TO MEET NUTRITION GUIDELINES LIKE OFFERING FRUIT AND VEGETABLES DAILY AND PREPARING MEALS USING FOOD PRODUCTS WITH ZERO GRAMS OF TRANS FAT. THE RELAXED RULES GIVE SCHOOLS UNTIL THE YEAR 2020 TO MEET THE ACT’S SODIUM INTAKE AND WHOLE GRAIN RULES. ONSLOW COUNTY SCHOOLS SAYS STUDENTS WON’T NOTICE A DIFFERENCE ON THEIR LUNCH TRAYS THIS FALL. “we’re absolutely still meeting those guidelines. We still have reduced fat, whole grains, reduced sodium, the only thing is we’re not moving forward on those more restrictive guidelines like taking the sodium level to the next target.” SOAPE SAYS THE RELAXED RULES WILL GIVE STUDENTS MORE TIME TO ADJUST AND THE SCHOOL SYSTEM MORE TIME TO PAY FOR LOWER SODIUM FOODS. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM IS ALSO LOOKING TO INTRODUCE MORE DIVERSE FOODS. “we’re going to do Cuban sandwiches. We have different types of pizza and stuff. The same favorites are still going to be there for the kids but we are putting some twists on some new things.” TRAINING CONTINUES THIS WEEK WITH THE CHEF AMBASSADORS LEARNING MORE ABOUT KNIFE SKILLS AND PROPER WEIGHING TECHNIQUES SIG OUT ONSLOW COUNTY SCHOOLS IS ALSO OFFERING SUMMER LUNCH FOR KIDS. THE MEALS ARE FREE AND SERVED FROM JULY 5TH THROUGH AUGUST THIRD. WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE ABOUT THE LOCATIONS WHERE MEALS ARE BEING OFFERED.