This year marks the 4th annual Backyard Bites Program at Van Hise Elementary School. Modeled on Farm to School and Homegrown Snack Programs around the country and region, our goal is to provide a healthy snack, created from locally grown and produced fruits, vegetables, dairy products and grains to all 400 plus students once each month. In addition to raising awareness of what foods are grown in Wisconsin, we also hope to introduce students to foods they may not have tried before.
Past year’s programs have been a rousing success. Some of the great snacks students enjoyed have included: raw kale salad, kohlrabi, ground cherries, goat cheese, and yogurt.
Backyard Bites success relies upon the combined efforts of parent volunteers who gather once a month to chop veggies, fill snack cups and deliver snacks. We have separated volunteer opportunities by grade to give families a chance to hang out and prepare a healthy treat for their class together.