NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- KIWI magazine has announced the winners of its 2015 National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day contest. Three elementary schools received $1,000 grants from KIWI and the Whole Kids Foundation to help improve their lunch programs.
The winners are: East Elementary Jackson R2 Schools, Jackson, MO; Hopewell Elementary School, Hopewell, NJ; and Magnolia Montessori School, Oxford, MS.
"The measures these schools are taking to make nutrition and sustainability a top priority are nothing short of spectacular," says Andrea Barbalich, KIWI's editorial director. "We are thrilled that National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day has inspired so many schools to champion healthy eating, which is vital for children's overall wellness and ability to learn."
National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day, an annual event created by KIWI in partnership with the School Nutrition Association that takes place during National School Lunch Week, gives parents an opportunity to eat in their children's cafeterias and learn more about the school's efforts to serve nutritious meals. Hundreds of schools nationwide participated in Lunch Day 2015.
To enter the contest, school representatives explained why they took part in Lunch Day, described their school's healthy eating initiatives, and outlined how the grant money would benefit their lunch program.
East Elementary Jackson R2 Schools, whose lunches incorporate locally sourced produce and dairy, will use the grant money to establish a fresh salad bar. Hopewell Elementary hosts an annual Farm to School event featuring demonstrations from area farmers and chefs and will put the grant toward funding additional events throughout the year. Magnolia Montessori provides local food via its own garden and partner farms and plans to purchase more child-size kitchen tools so students can be more involved with food preparation.
This year's National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day will take place on October 12, 2016. Schools and families can learn more about the event at kiwimagonline.com/lunchday.
About KIWI Magazine
KIWI, published by May Media Group, LLC, is dedicated to raising families the natural and organic way. May Media Group oversees a bimonthly print and digital magazine, two websites (kiwimagonline.com and greenmomsmeet.com), Moms Meet moms' groups, and more. KIWI is distributed nationally on newsstands, in pediatricians' offices, and via subscription. Find more information at kiwimagonline.com.
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