February 24, 2023
SCHOOL NUTRITION NEWSLETTER
message from the director
In February, we celebrate Black History Month to focus attention on the many contributions of African Americans to the United States. Did you know that two of the most popular foods today were introduced to this country by African Americans? Enjoy the stories of George Crum, James Hemings and Frederick Jones and their famous creations. Speaking of stories, take a look at how one student used reading stories to make the world a better place. It is inspiring to see how the work of one person can become such a big part of our lives. I know each of you work every day to make a difference in the lives of your students. Now there's real evidence that what you're doing is lowering obesity rates and improving the health of children. Imagine knowing that future generations will have fewer health problems all because of your work.
The son of an African American father and Native American mother, George Speck, later known as George Crum, was born in Saratoga Springs, NY in 1824. While working as a chef at Saratoga Springs’ Moon Lake Lodge resort, Crum accidentally invented potato chips. When a customer sent their French fried potatoes back for being too thick and salty, Crum responded by slicing a new batch ultra-thin and frying them until they were hard and crunchy. Much to his surprise, the customer liked the chips this way and the first iteration of potato chips were born. Some accounts suggest that Crum’s sister Kate, who worked alongside him as a prep cook, was actually the one to invent potato chips. Regardless, Crum later opened a restaurant of his own—Crum’s House—which proudly featured a basket of potato chips on every table and popularized the salty snack.
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