The reverend Warren Barnes, pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church, and Monique Stovall, Director of Nutrition at San Juan Unified School District, share a moment before the celebration of the fourth annual Farm to Every fork event. The evening event featured a wonderful supper catered by Sa’vory De’lites and its charismatic owner Jackie Nakapaaahu.
This year’s program highlighted Director Stovall’s insights on the challenges of providing healthful and attractive meals in a school setting tight with regulations and budget constraints.
In comments before her presentation, Stovall indicated that she was aware of the arrival of new immigrants to the Arden-Arcade area which her school district shares with the parish territory of Grace Presbyterian Church. While her food program, however, does not directly visit the homes of these newcomers, Stovall explains that San Juan Unified School District maintains a community intervention or liaison committee that meets regularly at the site of Garfield Elementary school in Carmichael. This committee,through its contact with adult English language learners (and hopefully, in the future, through home visitations and other interactions with the new ethnic groups) offers an opportunity for the school food program to learn more about the food needs of both newcomers and veteran residents.