by Matt Abshire, CNN
(CNN) A fresh fruit and vegetable bar isn’t exactly a common option you’ll find in school cafeterias, but Rene Sellgren is helping initiate a new program to provide that very idea.
Sellgren is the chef at Spokane School District’s Community School in Washington. She is leading the charge into a new scratch cooking project aimed at creating lunches from the fresh produce students have grown in a campus-run garden.
In short, the students pick the produce, and she creates a menu around what they bring in.
“What we’re really doing is getting away from cans and bags and already prepared food, and using whole food that we actually do all the cooking instead of it coming frozen or in a can,” said Sellgren in an interview with KXLY.
The project is part of a wider initiative by the nonprofit organization Empire Health Foundation to help school districts create healthier, fresher lunch menus for students while minimizing costs. And the idea seems to be paying off. Both students and administrators are excited about the new program that feeds while teaching healthy habits. (KXLY video)