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School Days, Lunch Trays, and Gourmets


School Days, Lunch Trays, and Gourmets, modeled after Guy Fieri and the Food Network program, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, is the Department's web series that highlights the hard work of school nutrition workers throughout the Granite State.

The fourth installment shines a spotlight on summer meal programs in Farmington, Franklin, and Franconia, showing how much work goes into making sure New Hampshire kids have tasty, nutritious meals throughout the summer. In the episode, Edelblut packs lunches for kids at the Valley View Community School in Farmington, makes chicken salad for kids in Franklin, and picks fresh vegetables from the garden at Copper Cannon Camp in Franconia.

“Many New Hampshire families rely on school nutrition programs, and that need does not go away during the summer,” Edelblut says. “We’re happy to highlight the hard work of the many volunteers, school districts, and non-profit groups across New Hampshire that provide summer meals for Granite State kids.”

The third installment in the series was filmed at Southwick School in Northfield, New Hampshire. In the episode, Edelblut makes meatloaf with Winnisquam District Food Service Director Rob Cohen, picks fresh vegetables with students in the on-campus greenhouse, and even visits the school’s beehive to see how they harvest their own honey.

“Rob Cohen and the nutrition staff at Winnisquam are doing a fantastic job engaging students in their farm-to-cafeteria program,” Edelblut says. “By building nutrition into the curriculum, these kids are learning where their food comes from, and learning to enjoy a healthier diet. I’m thrilled that we could shine a spotlight on their hard work in this episode.”

In this second installment, Frank Edelblut, the commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education visited the Marlborough School in Marlborough. He is visiting cafeterias around the state to talk with chefs, cooks, employees, and nutrition experts about their student food programs.

In the first installment students and cafeteria staff at Exeter High School are starring alongside Frank Edelblut, the commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education. “This was a really fun project to work on and it was my honor to work alongside such committed individuals who work hard in our schools to brighten students' days,” Commissioner Edelblut said. “My hope is that this video – and others that may follow – will help portray the broad level of support that communities are providing for their students.”

Stay tuned for more episodes...


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