Nutrition News Bites

August 2021 - Chippewa Valley School District

Hello August!

Farmers Market Week is celebrated the first full week of August. A farmers' market is a physical retail marketplace intended to sell foods directly by farmers to consumers. Farmers' markets may be indoors or outdoors and typically consist of booths, tables or stands where farmers sell their produce, plants, and sometimes prepared foods and beverages. Farmers Markets play an important role in local economies while providing fresh, healthy, and locally sourced products.


Farmers markets are a great place to purchase local and in-season produce so they taste great and cost less!


Look for Farmers Markets near you: Michigan Farmers Markets | Farmers Markets in MI | FarmersMarketPlaces.com and Farmers Markets | Michigan

What's in Season in August?

Wonderful Watermelon!

Watermelon contains a wide variety of nutritional benefits for minimal calories. For just 80 calories, two cups of diced watermelon provide 25% and 30% the Daily Values for vitamins C and A, respectively, as well as potassium, vitamins B6 and B1, fiber and magnesium.


Another benefit of watermelon comes straight from its name – its water content. With one cup providing 92% water, enjoying watermelon is an excellent way to stay hydrated.


Fun Facts:

  • August 3rd is National Watermelon Day.
  • The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
  • Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.


Pick the best watermelon. Try the Look, Lift, Turn!

1. Look for a firm watermelon that is free from bruises, dents, or cuts. Scratching is okay.

2. Lift it up. The watermelon should be heavy for its size.

3. Turn it over. The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground.

Tomatoes

One of America's most popular garden veggie, the tomato comes in hundreds of varieties. Enjoy fresh in the summer and canned year-round.


Fun Fact: Though tomatoes are botanically a fruit, the Supreme Court ruled them a vegetable in 1893.


Storage Tip: Keep ripe whole tomatoes at room temperature in a single layer in an open container, avoid direct sunlight. Consume within 5 days.

Food Service Updates

Summer Feeding - Meet Up and Eat Up!

Here at Chippewa Valley School District we are dedicated to ensuring that our students receive healthy nutritious meals during the school year. We want to encourage our students to continue with those healthy and nutritious meals during the summer as well. That is why we would like to direct you to Summer Food Service Programs available in your area. Please visit www.michigan.gov/meetupeatup to find a Summer Food Service Program that is close to you.

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School Year 2021-2022

Thanks to a program extension from the USDA, Chippewa Valley Schools will feed all children 18 years and younger for FREE through the end of the 2021-2022 school year.


Chippewa Valley School District will offer curbside meal pick-up for virtual learning students through the 2021-2022 school year. Five breakfast and five lunches can be picked up every Friday at the Administration Building starting in September. Check our website for more details.

New to You!

School Wellness Committee

If you are interested in learning more or joining the Chippewa Valley School Wellness Committee, contact our district dietitian- Amanda Snider by emailing asnider@cvs.k12.mi.us.

Chippewa Valley Food & Nutrition Services

Food & Nutrition Services is responsible for the preparation and service of Breakfast and/or Lunch to the students of Chippewa Valley Schools.