Golden Carrots Honor Nation’s Healthiest School Lunches
Bob Groff, principal of The Active Learning Elementary School
School lunch got a huge upgrade at The Active Learning Elementary School in Queens, N.Y., this year where kids now dine on healthful falafel salads, Brooklyn baked beans, and Malini’s chickpeas. The school was recognized by the Physicians Committee’s Golden Carrot Awards for its innovative plant-based menu options.
The Active Learning Elementary School (TALES) P.S. 244Q, tied for the grand prize award for dishing out a vegetarian menu to pre-K through third grade elementary school students. The Physicians Committee gave $2,500 to principal Robert Groff to benefit the school’s vegetarian lunch program. Actress Mayim Bialik, NFL players Devin and Jason McCourty, and other celebrities wrote letters congratulating the school on their award.
On behalf of Deerfield Academy, Michael McCarthy, director of food services, also received a $2,500 grand prize to support the academy’s dining program, which includes a variety of ancient grains, leafy greens, fresh fruits, and plant-based proteins, such as tofu, tempeh, and hummus. Kale and sweet potatoes remain wildly popular with Deerfield’s high school students. Teacher-led discussions about sustainability partner well with daily text messages sent to students to promote new items, including Moroccan Curry and Vegetarian Maple Stew.
The runner-up prize goes to Solvang School District in Solvang, Calif. Honorable mentions go to Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., and All Saints’ Day School in Carmel, Calif.
Watch video from The Active Learning Elementary School at HealthySchoolLunches.org.