Community Night at the Co-op’s 2012-2013 programming began last night, September 11th, at Valley Natural Foods from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Nearly 90 people (parents and children) from participating elementary schools, Westview, Northview, Gideon Pond and Sioux Trail enjoyed the night’s activities around the theme Back to School Lunches and Snacks. These activities included traveling across the store tasting samples from yummy recipes. Grab the recipe for one of the items demonstrated last night, colorful vegetable roll-ups, online.
Families also got the chance to purchase a healthy meal from the deli department. Last night’s meal, walking tacos, was a hit! Customers could choose from gluten-free, vegan beans or ground beef topped with Whole Grain Milling tortilla chips, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, salsa and sour cream. The cost was $2.99 for kids and $3.99 for adults.
The classroom activity’s goal was to encourage children to eat more vegetables in their lunches. To get them excited about it, Kelli Schulte from Kingdom Kids Nutrition had them make their own skewers of colorful raw vegetables that they could top with a homemade dill dip. Kids had the opportunity to chose from raw broccoli, cauliflower, a variety of peppers, carrots, cherry tomatoes and more! Needless to say, it actually worked as many kids went back for seconds!
All in all, it was a successful night! However, it isn’t the end of Community Night at the Co-op! The programming is just starting for the school year during Tuesday evenings from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Valley Natural Foods. Here are this year’s dates: October 2, November 13, December 4, January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, and May 7. The program’s goal is to provide an interactive evening that will teach families how to eat healthier through recipes, a healthy meal, sampling and fun activities. Valley Natural Foods promotes the program at the four participating elementary schools but any shopper can participate in the evening’s events! Valley Natural Foods also donates funds to each of the participating schools throughout the school year. Shoppers can help one of the schools win an additional $1,000 in May 2013 by placing their receipts in the collection boxes labeled with the school’s name.