A Successful Season for REAP’s Farm to School Food Truck
By Wendy Allen | Photo By REAP Food Group 0
This spring, REAP Food Group revealed their colorful new food truck in Madison, named “UpRoot by REAP,” and sent it to a different MMSD high school each day throughout the spring term. According to REAP, “The food truck aims to transform school lunch for Madison teens.” Although half of MMSD students qualify for free or reduced lunches, high schools see school lunch participation as low as 25 percent due to open campus lunch periods. When a teen’s friends leave school for lunch, it makes it difficult to stay and eat in the cafeteria, even if the lunch is free.
“This project aims to remove the social barrier to nutritious food, enabling all students access to ‘grab and go’ school lunches that are delicious, locally sourced and healthy,” says REAP.
The truck serves interesting dishes students won’t find in the cafeteria—including vegetarian options—made with fresh ingredients sourced from local farms. Plus, all the meals meet federal school lunch nutrition requirements so the school district (and parents) can be confident students are receiving a healthy lunch. And the kids like it because the meals also taste great. It’s just one more way REAP is innovating with the Madison school district to connect farms to schools and provide good food for growing minds.