Dallas ISD Food Fest lets students taste and rate produce for upgraded cafeteria menu


Cafeteria food is making a tasty comeback and students are all here for it. Dallas ISD’s Food & Child Nutrition Services (FCNS) annual Food Fest has once again given kids the opportunity to decide what goes on their school lunch menus.

About 150 students from Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Eduardo Mata Elementary School and Hector P. Garcia Middle School convened at 3015 at Trinity Groves for the tasting. With this year’s theme as “Fresh,” FCNS emphasized fresh food offerings that are healthy, visually appealing, and delicious.

The event featured five different stations where participants were able to taste and learn about the various foods and rate them using iPads located at each station.

Students wore hearty smiles as they engaged with vendors and discussed their favorite foods among their peers.

With more than 45 foods to try from 14 different vendors, there was no shortage in flavors. The festival served fresh items such as: hummus, berry banana bread, sweet potato sticks, miso ramen, Korean BBQ and jambalaya.

The goal is to provide a student-centered menu that is both delectable and nutritious to fuel successful learning while enabling a healthy lifestyle.


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