Toronto Education Workers

Toronto Education Workers

August 19, 2013 14:21 ET

High School Students to Test New Cafeteria Food

Toronto students get invited to a tasting session at George Brown College

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 19, 2013) -

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Next week, Toronto high school students will attend a tasting session at George Brown College to try out new recipes created by the school's Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt). The session was organized as part of the My Food My Way campaign, which is focused on getting high school students to eat healthier.

Entitled the 'Recipe Lab Innovation Project', the partnership between My Food My Way and the FIRSt was established to make improvements to cafeteria food. While there is now provincial legislation that restricts unhealthy foods from school cafeterias, many students have reacted to the now limited menu options by going elsewhere for their lunches.

When My Food My Way surveyed high school students from across the GTA last year, many students complained that the food served in their cafeterias was unappetizing. As a research facility that specializes in various areas of food production, the FIRSt has the resources and expertise to address the issues of both taste and nutrition.

The students and faculty at the FIRSt have spent the past few months creating potential menu items that not only adhere to stringent nutritional standards, but will also appeal to young people's palates. Other recipe considerations included variety, cultural diversity, and dietary restrictions.

The upcoming tasting session will allow My Food My Way Student Ambassadors to test what has been developed so far. These ambassadors will provide feedback on the new dishes through an open discussion and written reviews, ultimately helping the developmental process move forward.

Relating the importance of the students' feedback, Paul De Campo, Manager of Business Development at George Brown's Research and Innovation Department stated, "Together, we can create food options that students will choose enthusiastically, meet high nutritional standards, and engage the wider culture in the discussion of how we can best nourish our communities."

My Food My Way has stated that it strives to integrate the opinions of Toronto students into all of its initiatives as a way to give them ownership over the campaign.

John Weatherup, President of the Toronto Education Workers (TEW) elaborates, "My Food My Way has always been about empowering young people to make positive changes for themselves." The TEW is the union spearheading the My Food My Way campaign jointly with the Toronto District School Board as part of their Healthy Learning Healthy Living initiative.

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