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October 10, 2017


MRH Approach to Nutrition Gets High Praise from Operation Food Search

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District was honored to host leaders of a local food collection and distribution agency which feeds 200,000 people every month.

Members of Olivette-based Operation Food Search wanted to see firsthand how MRH integrates the concepts of gardening, nutrition, and general sustainability into its curriculum.  They began the day as guests of High School/Middle School chef Robert Rusan and Food Services director Irene Wan.  Lunch consisted of nachos with campus-grown ingredients.  

From the cafeteria, the Food Search visitors inspected the Teen Kitchen, where students learn hands-on how food is grown, delivered and prepared.  In the adjacent space, they got a briefing on MRH's Weekend on Wheels program, a donations-based effort to collect and distribute non-perishable food items weekly to nutritionally underserved citizens in Maplewood and Richmond Heights. 

Their next stops were the gardens tended by students from the middle school, alternative services school, and high school.  Instructor Melissa Breed-Parks showed off the beds of herbs, cut flowers, apple trees, and vegatables, as well as the chicken coops and bee hives.  

Food Search members were hoping to gather ideas on how to enhance their own operation using many of the same processes which have made the MRH Seed to Table program such a success. 

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.