Georgetown ISD families taste test school lunch options

Student eating a school lunch. (KXAN Photo)
Student eating a school lunch. (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – We all know children can be picky about their food, and some won’t even taste it if it even resembles anything “healthy.” But, Georgetown ISD is paving the way for kids to have a say in what they eat. Wednesday marks the 13th annual Georgetown ISD Food Show and Taste Test.

The district started the event to gather input and feedback after realizing so much food was getting thrown out. Several food companies will offer more than 200 samples of their entree items — everything from whole grain zucchini bread, sunbutter and jelly sandwiches and beef burgers with mushrooms.

Parents are invited to see what their kids will be eating at lunch, but nutrition specialists with the districts say it’s not all about what the parents think. They really want the students to have a say in what they eat for lunch.

“Before we started this, we had parents come in and they actually said ‘Oh, they love this meatloaf,’ so we bought meatloaf in and the kids hated it. We had to have meatloaf sandwiches, meatloaf wraps, meatloaf mac and cheese and we decided parent taste isn’t student taste so we really needed to get them in so we have about 300 people participate,” said Karen Kovach, the director of Georgetown ISD Child Nutrition Services.

The attendees will be sampling items and sharing their opinions. These sample dishes may become new menu items for GISD students and staff members. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is expected to be in attendance along with other members of the Texas Department of Agriculture.

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