Summer Meals Kickoff at Boys & Girls Club of Vista
June 13th, 2018
A dozen lucky kids attending summer day camp at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista helped kickoff the Summer Meals program yesterday. Hosted by Vista Unified School District and funded by the USDA, Summer Meals provides free lunch for all children 18 years and under during summer break (no forms or paperwork required!). At the kickoff event, kids participated in a blind taste test, spun the Rethink Your Drink wheel, played trivia, and, of course, learned about nutrition!
Rethink Your Drink
Erika Hernandez, NEOP Specialist for San Diego County, and intern Usman Akram brought the fun game Rethink Your Drink. Volunteers spun the wheel to learn about the different amounts of sugar in popular drinks. From soda and energy drinks to sports drinks and even vitamin water, there’s a shocking amount of sugar in each! Even worse, most of these drinks have more than one serving in a bottle, which means kids are drinking double those amounts of sugar if they finish the drink by themselves.
The best way to quench your thirst, especially in summer, is with water. Erika reminded the kids that fruit-infused water is a great way to add flavor to water without adding sugar. Simply add pieces of your favorite fruits (and even vegetables) to a pitcher of water for a refreshing drink. Erika and Usman will pop in at other summer meal sites, giving more kids the opportunity to spin the wheel and rethink their drink.
Blind Taste Test
Next up, brave volunteers were blindfolded and asked to try different fruits. Jamie Phillips, Director of Nutrition Services, and Amy Haessly, Nutrition Education & Training Supervisor, asked the kids to guess what they were tasting.
Fruits included pineapple, cherry tomatoes, peaches, kiwis, blueberries, watermelon, and avocado. The kids each took a piece of fruit and used their senses of smell and taste to guess what it was.
They were great guessers, getting it right whether they liked it or didn’t like it! After the blindfolds came off, the whole group got to snack on the leftover fruits.
Fruit and Veggie Trivia
The final activity was a trivia game based on unusual fruit and vegetable facts. All questions were multiple choice and covered things like the size of the largest watermelon, the first food grown in space, and whether carrots give you night vision (350 pounds, potatoes, false).
Kids received prize packages that included a WaveCrest Cafe cookbook, pencils, and bookmarks. Erika and Usman passed around a few reusable water bottles and frisbees, too, and each participant went home with something from the day.
After these activities it was time for lunch! Students lined up in the courtyard for their summer meals, taking refuge from the sun under big umbrellas. It was superhero theme week and a few kids were dressed up like their favorite characters.