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Victor-Brodeur School in Esquimalt chose Healthy Edge Food Services for their Pro-D day lunch for the students and the staff. The students in Grade 12 volunteered to look after the kids that joined the Pro-D day camp at school. They are fundaraising for their trip to Peru. Our lunch was a part of their fundraising. VBS is the only French first language school in Victoria region that has students from K-12. They decided on Healthy Edge macaroni and cheese as the main meal.

Younger students were making cookies under the supervision of Gr. 12 students when we delivered the lunch. The school has a big kitchen area where they can serve and eat. Therefore we didn't prepare individual meal containers for each student. We provided the meal in chefing dishes and they served it on the trays they had.

Young camp participants, Gr.12 student volunteers, and the staff enjoyed the meal. Most of them were surprised to find out that there were many vegetables hidden in the macaroni and cheese. "Very cheesy", "Yummy", "Delicious, very good' was some of the feedback we got. The teachers were happy that the students liked the meal and finished it all. The fruit salad with pineapple, cantolope, melon, strawberry, orange, kiwi, apple and pear in mango sauce was also enjoyed by all.

Healthy ingredients ready for mac & cheese
Healthy Edge Mac & Cheese
Lots of cheese! Yum!
Fruits are washed and ready for the fruit salad
Preparing the fruit salad
Very colorful, very tasty!
Victor Brodeur School - only French school in Victoria
Team leaders for the hot meal program
The kitchen is open for lunch time
Warm mac & cheese ready to be served
Serving the lunch
Fruit salad ready to be served
Team members are preparing the trays for the students
Trays are ready for the kids
Happy team members!

Today it was cold and rainy in Sidney. KELSET school's choice of chili for the month was perfect for such weather. The students were cold and hungry after the recess. They finished their warm chili in a breeze. Some teachers came and told us that we got "10" out of ten from the kids for our chili. Some said "That was the best chili I have ever had". It is nice to hear from kids that they liked their meal.

Fruit cups are always a hit too. We also got many compliments for our monthly special, pumpkin muffins. We added bananas and reduced the pumpkin spice to create a kid friendly muffin. The compliments showed us that we were successfull with creating a Healthy Edge version of classic Pumpkin Muffins.

After everyone finished, it was nice to see all the containers and cutlery placed in the compost boxes in each classrom by the students. Then, these boxes are emptied to the main compost bin. We left the school happy knowing that we provided another garbage free lunch day at a school whose students and staff care about our environment so much.

Fruit cups loaded with vitamins
Vegetable cups are served with home made yogurt dip
Chili has been simmered and reduced to perfect consistency
Mmmm..Looks good! Tastes good!  Ready to be served.
Chili is served with cheddar cheese on top
Chili  container ready to be packed in the thermo bags
Thermo bags and boxes for each classrom are lined at the front entrance
The fleet of volunteers are carrying bags to the classrooms
Happy to help :)
Placing the meal containers on the desks when the students are outside
The lunch is served!
Waiting for kids to come in from recess
A healthy lunch combo
The kids placing their containers and cuttlery into the compost boxes
Volunteer parents help to take the boxes to the main compost bin

Last week, October 18-24th was the Waste Reduction Week in Canada. It was also the first hot lunch day for KELSET Elementary, a SD63 school in North Saanich. KELSET is well known for their Green Team. They created a comprehensive recycling and composting program under the guidance of their teacher, Maria StAmand. She was pleased to find out that at Healthy Edge, we use biodegradable containers and cutlery. In her email to us, she said "At KELSET, we pride ourselves in being a school that focuses on reducing our waste by recycling everything we can as well as composting all organic waste. Hot lunch typically generates a lot of garbage as even if the dishes are recyclable, they are too dirty to put in recycling. With these biodegradable containers, we can put the cups and cutlery in our compost bins as our organic waste is brought to commercial composting facilities. It was a little complicated the first time but once the kids are used to the system, I'm sure it will go well. Thank you for offering us this green option for the hot lunch program. "

KELSET PAC have decided to order octodog and shells as main meal for the month of October, together with veggie cups, fruits cups, our monthly special Witch cookies, juice, and milk. We served about 200 students in the school. There were many parent volunteers ready to to help when we delivered our thermo-bags and boxes. Our labeled thermo-bags and many helping hands made the meal distribution fast and easy. We received many compliments on how well we were organized. In the end, it was good team work.

It was fun to watch the children enjoying their meals and treats. We are already excited about our next month's delivery to KELSET Elementary.

 

Veggie cups filled with  red pepper, celery, carrots and cucumber
Veggie cups and dips are stored in the coolers until packing time
Preparing the cauliflower and zucchinis for the pasta
Cutting fruit for the fruit cups
Fruit cups assembly table
Fruit cups with seasonal fruit; strawberries, pineapple, cantolope, grapes
Wieners tranforming into octopi
Witch cookies ready to be baked (dough used for nails instead of almonds)
Baked cookies are cooling down
Thermo bags and boxes are ready to be filled for each classroom
Checking the packing list to make sure the quantities are correct for each box
Biodegradable containers are ready to be filled with the hot pasta
Boxes are ready to be delivered
Cookies are packed in separate boxes to prevent them from breaking
Arriving at Kelset school
Meal bags and boxes are unloaded in the school
Volunteers are carrying the meals to classrooms
Each classroom gets a separate thermo-bag and box