The Lions Step In
Through Lions donations and fundraisers, as well as support from local businesses and community members, the Whitefish school district is able to provide fresh vegetables on students’ lunch trays every day. Lions and other Whitefish residents contribute the time and labor needed to maintain the garden. Local businesses donated money, equipment and supplies in order to give back to the community and its youth.
From Farm to School
Students in Whitefish also contribute to the garden, helping harvest the vegetables and learning more about where their food comes from. Once harvested, the vegetables are integrated into school lunches – a salad bar accompanies pizza day; a baked potato bar is available with all the fresh fixings; zucchini and squash are grated into soups, sauces and breads; and excess veggies are blanched and frozen for later meals. Anything that can’t be used or frozen right away is sold, and the proceeds go back to the school’s food program. The students enjoy the healthier options, and they start to understand the value of community service at an early age.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes, and it can be prevented through a healthy diet and active lifestyle. The Whitefish Lions’ farm-to-school garden produced approximately 700 to 800 pounds of potatoes, among other vegetables, during the first year. By providing healthier lunch options for students, the Lions are helping to fight diabetes and childhood obesity so kids can lead happier, brighter futures.