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No negative balances!

Thanks to the generous donation of a community partner, on this day, June 1st - the last day of school, we officially have NO STUDENTS with a negative lunch balance. Enjoy your summer!  ~ TK Food Service

No price increase
Thornapple Kellogg Schools Food Service is excited to announce there will be NO price increase for breakfasts or lunches to our staff and students for the 2018-19 School Year!  Breakfast in all buildings remains at $1.55 for full price, $0.30 for reduced.  Elementary lunch prices remain at $2.50 for full pay, $0.40 for reduced.  Secondary lunch prices remain at $2.90 for full pay, $0.40 for reduced.
Cinco de Mayo
The Food Service Dept teamed up with the High School Spanish II classes today to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a little early, with some culturally traditional foods.  We made Tostones, Pico de Gallo and Mayonesa de Cilantro.  Tasty!!!
Rainbow Carrot

Try Michigan grown Rainbow Carrots in April in any of our buildings!  We will be serving them April 12th and 20th in the Elementary buildings, and April 13th and 18th in the Secondary buildings!

Rainbow carrots are very beautiful to look at, but they also have some amazing health benefits. Take a look at 5 surprising health benefits of rainbow carrots: 

  1. Orange carrots contain beta and alpha carotene pigment. This promotes vitamin A production by the body, which is essential for healthy eyes.
  2. Yellow carrots contain xanthophykks and lutein. Xanthophylls is a plant based nutrient that has numerous health benefits in humans. One of the important health benefits is that it keep your reproductive system strong.
  3. Red carrots are rich in lycopene, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world. The antioxidant power of lycopene fights against toxins, helps prevent cancer, helps to alleviate neuropathic pain, is good for your brain, and helps to improve heart health.
  4. Purple carrots are rich in anthocyanins, the antioxidant compounds that give blueberries their distinctive color and superfood health benefits. Studies have found that these blue and purple pigments in purple carrots can improve memory, enhance vision, protect against heart attacks, act as anti-inflammatories, and even help control weight.
  5. All carrots are a rich source of vitamin C, which stimulates the activity of white blood cells and is one of the most important elements in the human immune system.
sauteed cabbage
Mark your calendars! March's Michigan local food focus is cabbage! We will have purple coleslaw in all of the elementaries on 3/2 and 3/16, and sauteed purple cabbage in the secondaries on these days. This beautiful purple and green cabbage will be coming to us from Stutzman's Family Farm in Blanchard, Michigan, in Isabella County.
 
Did you know that cabbage contains a compound that has been shown to decrease the risk of cancer?
 
Michigan ranks 10th in the nation in cabbage production.
 
In 2014, Michigan farmers produced 83.7 million pounds of cabbage worth $13.4 million.
 
Don't forget to join us in the Middle School and High School on 3/16 for a St Patty's themed lunch of Corned Beef, with roasted red potatoes and carrots!

Holiday "Pay it Forward"!

In the spirit of “paying it forward” during this holiday season, we had a group of families come together to donate funds to clear any negative balances in Thornapple Kellogg School District, and deposit additional funds into the account of students with extenuating circumstances. The donors wanted to remain anonymous.
 
The donor wanted to “spread a little bit of joy to as many families as possible”.
 
With this generous donation, they were able to clear up high negative balances in all four buildings, and make additional deposits. Thirty nine  families benefited from this act of kindness.
 
We hope you have a wonderful restful holiday with family and friends.

Brussel Sprouts!
The students in TK schools tried Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts from Tantre Farms in Ann Arbor MI on Nov 1st!  We took student surveys after our taste testing, and found that 83% of students surveyed LIKED the Brussel Sprouts and would try them again!
catering
TK Food Service does more than just serve breakfast and lunch!  Did you know that we also cater?  Check out the fun we had on this half day!
Pumpkin Pie Smoothies!
Nothing says fall quite like pumpkin!  Try a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie at the Middle School or High School during lunch today!  
Garden Club
Yesterday was our first Garden Club cooking class of the year.  We started our meeting out in the muddy school garden, picking tomatoes and basil for our class.  The students made a Caprese Salad, and even made their own balsamic reduction!
root veg hash
Join us tomorrow for locally grown Michigan Beet Root Vegetable Hash!  This colorful dish incorporates Mighigan grown beets, sweet potatoes, carrots, rutabega, and onion.  Served in every building!
Root vegetable Hash
Mark your calendars!  October 11th and October 19th in all of our buildings!
 
- Our October local feature is Michigan grown Beets - mixed with Sweet Potato, Carrots, Rutabaga and a generous seasoning mixture make this perfect fall side dish a beautiful magenta color!