Those attending Friday’s Family Wellness & Safety Expo held at Sierra High had one less item taken off the plate.
This second-ever event hosted by Manteca Unified Nutrition Education Department gave parents the opportunity to fill out the necessary forms for the free and reduced meal plans prior to the beginning of school — the first day back is Aug. 8.
That was part of the objective, according to Nutrition Education Supervisor Stephanie Huff, who was pleased to see some 450 in attendance.
“It turned out really well,” she said.
The free event for families of MUSD consisted of a replica lunch line inside the SHS cafeteria that came as suggestion of Shasta Elementary School parent Victoria Cortez.
“I thought it was a good idea after attending last year’s (Family Wellness & Safety Expo),” she said.
Cortez, who attended this year’s event with her children in tow, was especially thrilled to see her suggestion in use. As an active member of the Shasta Community Club, she often volunteers her time to help out with lunch at her children’s school.
All those who followed the “lunch line” at the Family Wellness & Safety Expo also had a chance to sample the food as well.
From there, they had a chance to visit 25 information booths in the cafeteria and gymnasium.
Allergens Health Services, Rethink Your Drink / Hydration Station, Dairy Council, Ray of Hope, Manteca Parks & Recreation, Child Abuse Prevention Council / Early Childhood Development, Give Every Child A Chance, First 5 of San Joaquin Creative Care, Stranger Danger-Manteca Police Department, Producers, and Kaiser-School Sports, to name a few, were among the booths at the event.
Gold Star Foods, which provides services to MUSD along with the surrounding school districts, once again sponsored the Farmer’s Market for Kids.
Regional Sales Manager Shannon Suttmoeller indicated that Gold Star offers up the fresh produce and bread along with the processed chicken, beef and turkey used for the MUSD meal programs.