And The Winner Is…


Our first Basket Challenge has come to an end. CONGRATULATIONS to Little Miami High School (Maineville, OH), Ethel M. Taylor Academy (Cincinnati, OH), and Maple Elementary (Chardon, OH) for creating and submitting awesome fruit displays!

Little Miami Fruit Basket

Little Miami High School

Ethel M Taylor Fruit

Ethel M. Taylor Academy

Chardon Fruit Display

Maple Elementary

Each team was able to incorporate multiple Smarter Lunchroom techniques into their display. The following techniques were used:

  • Spice up the container. We chose to highlight three entries with different containers to show variety. Little Miami used a wicker basket, highlighted with a colorful cloth. Ethel M. Taylor Academy used a wire basket, which creates a simple backdrop. Maple Elementary used black containers, which allows for the colors of the fruit to pop!
  • Variety. All three displays incorporated multiple fruit items. Not only does variety provide color and contrast, but it increases the chance of consumption. A new study, published by the Rudd Center, identified that for every additional type of fruit offered, there was a significant increase (of 9%) in students who took fruit as part of their lunch.

We would like to recognize the hard working teams that put together these award winning fruit displays:

Little Miami High School: Rachel Tilford (Food Service Director), Nikki Lierman, Maragaret Haines, Cherry Frederick, Elaina Hurst, Jenn McKee, Linette Petry, Christy Stephens, and Judy Moore

Ethel M. Taylor Academy: Jana Moses (Lunchroom Manager),  Dianna Richard, and Cheryl White

Maple Elementary: Josephine Culliton (Food Service Director), Tammy Peine, and Jackie Sanislo

Thank you for your participation in our first OHIO Smarter Lunchrooms challenge!

Our next challenge will be held during the month of February. It’s time to spice up your menu and introduce kids to new food items! Check back soon for more details on our statewide Taste Test Event.

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