We love NY! Farm-to-tray meal a big hit among students

The Goshen Central School District Food Services Department introduced its New York Burger meal in October to elementary school students, and it’s been a big hit. The meal consists of fresh apples, steamed broccoli, whole grain buns, milk, and farm-raised beef — all grown in New York.

On October 26, the farm-to-tray meal was first served at the Goshen Intermediate School; 287 students (grades 3-5) purchased the New York Burger meal for lunch. Of the 287 students, 281 (97.9%) responded to a 6-question survey to gauge their satisfaction regarding taste, appearance, and quality.

The results concluded that 94% of students liked the lunch, and 90% stated they would purchase the meal again.

Students suggested offering different cheese and toppings such as lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onions. These suggestions will be incorporated into future New York Burger meals.

The Food Services Department will expand upon its farm-to-tray initiative, introducing both the New York Fusilli meal and the New York Hot Dog meal, featuring pasta, meat sauce, all-beef franks, pears and milk — all from local farms.

Farm-to-tray meals provide students with fresh, nutritious, high-quality local food so they are ready to learn and grow, while providing an economic benefit to New York’s farmers.