Providence Schools Celebrate National Kale Day

Packed with special phytonutrient molecules that can fight obesity, diabetes and heart disease, kale has earned its place as the power plant queen of the cruciferous vegetable family. Just a few cups of kale daily may have the power to battle cancer, inflammation and low moods.

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Carl Lauro Principal Christopher Kennedy is ready for a megadose of Vitamins A, C and K  as kale and butternut squash salad is included in all elementary school lunches on National Kale Day.

One cup of kale provides nutrients many Americans are missing from their diets; twice the daily requirement of Vitamin A, more than 100 percent of the daily requirement of Vitamin C and 6-7 times the daily requirement for Vitamin K, as well as lots of fiber.

To celebrate this superhero food and National Farm to School Month in October, National Kale Day is held annually on the first Wednesday of October. Students in Providence elementary schools enjoyed kale and roasted butternut squash salad, prepared by Sodexo, with their school lunches all week while secondary schools served kale and red bean salad in celebration of this powerhouse vegetable.

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Sodexo’s Team Kale is ready to prepare more than 200 pounds of kale and 260 pounds of butternut squash for a kale and butternut squash salad served to all Providence elementary school students on National Kale Day. From left are Pedro Hernandez, Lisa Flori, Jose Ortega, Adele Illiano and former Johnson & Wales intern Phyllis Platt.

The kale was purchased from Pezza Farm in Johnston, R.I. as part of the Sodexo Providence Adopt a Farm local purchasing initiative. Pezza Farm has dedicated an increasing amount of acreage to growing food for Sodexo-managed school districts. The purchase of Pezza Farm kale is just one example of Sodexo Providence’s efforts to serve locally grown produce in school lunches.

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