"Taste Test" at Jenkins Elementary

"Taste Test" at Jenkins Elementary
Posted on 10/25/2016

Taste Test at Jenkins Elementary – Smiley Face Wins!


Kindergarten through fifth grade students at Jenkins Elementary experienced a “taste test” on Tuesday morning. Approximately 100 children participated in the tasting of three natural juice flavors—including Dragon Punch, Cherry Star and Wango Mango. No additional sugars were added to the juices.


If the students liked the juice, they marked the survey’s smiley face; and if the juice didn’t make the grade, the students marked the frowning face.


The natural juices received a thumbs up from the majority of testers—with 86 percent providing a “smiley face” approval rating.


According to Hickory Public Schools Child Nutrition Director, Tina Pottorff, the taste test survey is part of the NC Procurement Alliance for Child Nutrition. “This is a collaborating group that selects menu additions based on the feedback from students,” said Pottorff. 

“Last year, students at one of our schools participated in the tasting of corn muffins and a roll. If the menu  items receive student approval, the next step includes a bidding process from vendors before the actual addition to the school menu. It’s a long process but we love having the feedback from our students,” she said.

To view more photos from the taste test at Jenkins, visit the HPS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hickoryschools/posts/10153816317562273

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