Bill Harris, Chef Consultant for Cooking for Kids, visited Pleasant Grove School Monday providing smoothies in the morning with first and second grade. In the afternoon, all of the students sampled beef and bean tamale pie.

Bill Harris, Chef Consultant for Cooking for Kids, visited Pleasant Grove School Monday providing smoothies in the morning with first and second grade. In the afternoon, all of the students sampled beef and bean tamale pie.

Through Cooking for Kids, an innovative culinary training program designed to change the school nutrition landscape across Oklahoma, consulting chefs will partner with the district to identify key needs and develop an action plan tailored to meet those needs.

Pleasant Grove School District earned a chance to apply for a chef consultation after nutrition professionals from schools throughout the district participated in regional training sessions offered this summer through the Cooking for Kids program.

During the regional training sessions, school nutrition professionals learned creative, new ways to prepare healthy, balanced, flavorful meals. They also began working with revamped menus featuring more scratch cooking.

Cooking for Kids was developed to help schools in Oklahoma implement revised nutritional standards established by the 2010 Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act.

Participation in the program is free and open to all schools in the state.

For more information, visit www.CookingforKids.ok.gov.