Helping Students Thrive With Smart Nutrition

Chef Marshall is wrapping up a four-year program with the Osseo Area School District that helps expose students to great-tasting, nourishing foods that will help them thrive in academics and in life. This school year, Chef teamed up with the district’s African Immigrant Services group, led by Chef Jojo. Together, they developed culturally relevant recipes to appeal to the district’s growing African population. Chef Marshall says a key goal was to increase vegetable consumption by overcoming the stigma of the poorly prepared, unfamiliar and unappetizing vegetables that were served as part of school meal programs in the past. Well-prepared veggies are key to Chef Marshall’s goal of teaching people that nourishing is different than eating. When students are well-nourished, they will perform and feel their best, setting them up for long-term positive eating habits. Watch how Chef Jojo and Chef Marshall are helping students.