Breakfast program keeps evolving

Eric McCarthy
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PROFIT’S CORNER -- A line of students passed along the kitchen counter at M.E. Callaghan Intermediate School recently picking from a selection of exotic fruit.

It’s not the type of fare that’s routinely available, acknowledged the school’s Breakfast Program coordinator, Barbie Barbour. Today is different, though, Bloomfield Foodland donated the kiwis, dragon fruit, pineapples, honeydew melons, oranges, strawberries and cantaloupe for the special morning feast, and staff from the store helped prepare it. Whole fruit was also on display and everything was labeled so students would know what they were trying.

Sure, they went for the usual breakfast fare, too – the bagels, yogurt, cereal bars, cheese and milk – but many in the long line of students gave the exotic fare a try and polished off their dishes.

Foodland store manager Todd Thorne noticed a lot of students were passing up on the dragon fruit, but he saw one student loading up on it. “He knew what it was,” he said of the tasty dish.

Exotic fruit day, Barbour said, is a “great opportunity to introduce the students to some alternative choices to sugared treats.” She said the breakfast program did not receive federal funding this year but picked up some new donors to fill the void. The program also attracted new volunteers and fresh ideas, she noted.

 

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