Greenway is adding a new element to the school lunch offerings for the 2017-18 school year. Students can elect to have a full nutritious meal on the new salad and soup bar.

Both academic research and actual experience in schools across the country have shown that children significantly increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables when given a variety of choices on a school salad bar. Increased daily access to fruits and vegetables provides a personal experience about choices that can shape a child’s habits far beyond the school lunch line and prepares them for a lifetime of healthy eating.

In 2015, Vandyke Elementary implemented the Greenway Grows programming and school garden. The garden serves as an outdoor learning laboratory during the school year and summer programming. With the addition of the salad bar, the Vandyke Green Team students will be able to begin collecting compostable waste to help fuel their garden. Students will learn the benefits of composting and also the science behind what happens during the breakdown. “Overall, the salad bar and the garden are a great pairing, they are valuable tools in creating lifelong learners with healthy habits,” said Vandyke Elementary Principal Sue Hoeft.

Having the salad bar as an additional healthy choice for middle and high school students who are busy and on the go will be a great option. High school students in the industrial arts program built compost containers for the Vandyke garden this past spring, making the Green connection top to bottom at Greenway.

Join Greenway for free salad bar samples that will be available to students and families at the fall open houses in the cafeteria at Greenway High School on Tuesday, Aug. 29 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 31 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Students will have the opportunity to try out the soup/salad bar lunch for free during the week of Sept. 5-8.

All Greenway families are encouraged to complete a Free and Reduced Food Service Application. School districts receive reimbursements for school meals and other state or Federal money based on the number of students that qualify for free or reduced price meals. New this year, Greenway families may complete the application online using their current parent portal access.

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