J.T.M. Food Group Sponsors Tower-To-Tray Harvest Event at South Dearborn Middle School

Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 10:28 AM

By J.T.M Food Group, news release

Over 350 students and staff will be served made-to-order burrito bowls featuring fresh herbs and greens grown at the school.

(Harrison, Oh.) - J.T.M. Food Group, a national leader in creating healthy, fully-cooked menu solutions for the K-12 and foodservice industries, is proud to sponsor its second Tower-to-Tray Harvest Event at South Dearborn Middle School in Aurora, Indiana on April 27, 2023. That day, over 350 students and staff will be served a special school lunch that will feature greens and herbs grown on two aeroponic gardening systems at the school.

In November 2019, the aeroponic gardening systems at South Dearborn Middle School, sponsored by J.T.M. Food Group, were used to grow bok choy for the school’s first ever Harvest Event. The bok choy grown at school was incorporated in a stir-fry dish served at both school lunches. On that day, of all the middle school students who ate school lunch, less than 5% chose the pizza option. Therefore, over 95% of middle school students who ate school lunch that day chose the stir-fry option featuring bok choy grown right there at school. Students also answered anonymous surveys on their lunch tables. The results showed 87% of student responses stated it was “very exciting” or a “good idea” to have the opportunity to eat foods grown at school. Learn more.

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