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May 18, 2010



As a board member of Healthy Schools, I felt privileged to be an observer at the contest. Not only was the food healthy and delicious, but also the student presentations to the judges were very impressive. Prior to actually cooking the meal, the students had to manage and execute a variety of tasks including researching nutritional values and creating a recipe which met IOM standards for foods in schools.

I was especially impressed how each team of students used local ingredients important in their communities. In the case of the winning team from Arizona, the tasty quesadillas featured tepary beans which are culturally significant to generations of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Check out www.tocaonline.org and click on O’odham Foods.

What a great experience for young people. These students are future leaders in their communities.

Rob Rogers
Vice President, HSC Board of Directors

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