Cabell High Huntington Food Revolution, WV

Cabell High Huntington Food Revolution, WV

Thu 09 Jun 2011

Story by The Food Revolution Team
 

The scratch cooking programme pionered at Cabell Midland High School (CMHS) is attracting attention across the state of West Virginia.

The school’s kitchen was completely turned around during Jamie’s stay in Huntington in 2009, and as the changes have become permanent, the Food Revolution’s going from strength to strength.

Last week, three cooks from Riverside High School and a Kanawha parent dropped in at CMHS to pick up some scratch cooking tips and be introduced to the school’s state-of-the-art equipment.

Riverside High is in the same position as Cabell was just a few years ago: they’re keen to start serving healthy, freshly prepared food, but it’s all about funding. Scratch cooking will need new equipment like food processors and salad spinners, which cost CMHS $75,000. But for the students of Cabell High, every cent was worth it: from a daily diet of frozen, processed foods, they are now treated to a choice of fresh, healthy, scratch-cooked meals.

“Riverside High is completely up for the challenge” said Gail Wells, one of the school’s cooks. “It’s not that we can’t or aren’t able,” she said. “We just need the equipment and food to do it.”

As those who saw Jamie’s Food Revolution Season 1 when it aired on ABC last spring, the transition for CMHS wasn’t always a smooth one. The cooks had a lot of changes to get used to, with brand new equipment to contend with and new food produce to become familiar with. But they passed every test with flying colors, and lunchtimes now run with clockwork efficiency.

Mom-of-three April Hamilton has been pushing for more scratch cooking in Kanawha County for five years, and she joined the Riverside cooks on their fact-finding expedition. She’s part of a group of concerned parents that have been working to make their kids’ lunch experience more like Cabell High’s. April is also one of our Food Revolution heroes!

“I’d love to see it, not just trickle down, but full blown, sooner than later,” April said. “Every school in the state. Let’s take the leadership role in this country.”

The Food Revolution Team

Image © Rick Lee

Article based on story published in “The Herald Dispatch”, Huntington’s daily newspaper.

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