Golden Carrots Honor Nation’s Healthiest School Lunches
The Physicians Committee’s Golden Carrot Awards reward schools for serving healthful plant-based menu options. The 2013 grand prizes go to The Active Learning Elementary School in Queens, N.Y., and Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Mass.
The Active Learning Elementary School (TALES) P.S. 244Q, ties for the grand prize award by 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. Brooklyn Baked Beans, Falafel Salads, and Malini’s Chickpeas remain popular menu items. 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, receives a $2,500 grand prize to support the academy 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.
The Golden Carrot Awards, established in 2004, recognizes food service teams doing exceptional work to improve the healthfulness of school lunches.
To learn more about this year’s winners, visit HealthySchoolLunches.org.