After recent documentaries and statistics showed just how unhealthfully many children are eating, the lunchroom at Center Montessori School in Bradenton was given an overhaul that resulted in only organic food being served.
All cheese is free of bovine growth hormone. The eggplant, tomatoes and peppers are picked from the campus gardens, and the middle school students bake loaves of organic whole grain bread in class.
The initiative is in line with the Let’s Move program backed by first lady Michelle Obama to improve food quality in schools and ward off childhood obesity.
Other schools and groups in the region are making attempts to show children a sustainable, healthy diet.
“It’s a healthier way to grow and a sustainable, responsible way to do it,” he said. “I think starting at the grass roots with our young people is how the organic way will grow.”