Food at School: Part 2

Kids forge habits and tastes for food long before they reach kindergarten. So for our second episode of Lunch Agenda's "Food at School" series, I interviewed two innovators in early childhood food service: Dalila Boclin of Community Foodworks and advocate Patrilie Hernandez. I was especially enlightened by the conversation about intuitive eating, which starts as soon as a baby begins to eat food. Isn't it amazing how kids know to stop eating when they're full? #stilllearning :-)

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 Patrilie Hernandez cooking up change

Patrilie Hernandez cooking up change

Link discussed in today's interview:

DC's Healthy Tots Act

Favorite quote from Patrilie:

"Infants know how much food they need. And they have such a good sense of being intuitive about different kinds of food and what their body's asking for. It somehow gets lost along the way."

Patrilie's Action Item for a better food system:

"Google 'raising an intuitive eater'. What you eat is just as important as the setting and attitude you have."

Favorite quote from Dalila:

"When I walk into an early learning center to tell them about the program, I usually say, 'I can't imagine you would ever find the time to make it to the farmers market to buy all these products to make during the week....Our model delivers fruits and vegetables, one for each day of the week, for childcare centers to serve on site."

 Dalila Boclin delivering produce all day long

Dalila Boclin delivering produce all day long

Dalila's Action Item for a better food system:

"Shop at your local farmer's market. Being present and creating that public space where different types of people can get together around food and take home a fruit and vegetable...those local dollars make an impact."

Kiko's Food News headlines:

Restaurants consider alternatives to the plastic straw

Nationwide cook shortage: culinary training programs to the rescue

[Shout outs to local culinary training programs at DC Central Kitchen and La Cocina VA]

Chile leads nations in cutting food marketing to kids

 

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