Bistro Kids: Bringing healthy, local food to school lunches

An interview with Bistro Kids founder Kiersten Firquain

2014-05-13

Bistro kidsWhen she saw the “convenient junk food” her son, Kiersten Firquain did more than start packing a bag for him. She launched a whole farm-to-school program called Bistro Kids to revamp how students eat, including menus that focus on fresh, local foods; visits from farmers; cooking lessons and school gardens. It serves 5,000 meals a day in Kansas City and St. Louis area schools and 6,000 snacks a day in YMCA after-school programs.

“I remember when the lunch ladies made everything from scratch, and my goal is to get that back,” she said in a recent interview with The Hartman Group.

She’s not alone. Choicelunch, Revolution Foods and a host of other programs are working to improve school lunches and, in the process, people’s health and lives.

They are working to undo the repercussions of a generation of children brought up during a revolution in food culture. Children today are raised both at home and in public schools to be mindful of the ingredients in foods, differences between food types (e.g., organic vs. conventional, fresh and local) and the benefits of diet and exercise.

Bistro Kids has been so successful that some children from the program, which started in 2006, have gone on to culinary school and come back to work as chefs for the program. In 2011, Bistro Kids was bought by Treat America, an acquisition that means additional resources and talent.
READ MORE:http://hartbeat.hartman-group.com/article/526/Bistro-Kids-Bringing-healthy-local-food-to-school-lunches?utm_campaign=Bringing+Healthy%2c+Local+Food+to+School+Lunches&utm_content=Chefk@bistrokids.com&utm_source=tailoredmail&utm_term=Read+full+article%c2%bb&tm_campaign=Bringing+Healthy+Local+Food+to+School+Lunches&tm_keyword=UkKd53gsYWr3sq3h7HUH

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