Hastings Students Shuck Corn for Lunch

By: Megan Johnson Email
By: Megan Johnson Email

Making locally grown food a part of school lunch is a priority for lunchtime solutions and Hastings Public Schools.

"Each month we try to feature a local product for the students to try," says Lunchtime Solutions Area Manager Susan Gracey. "This month it happens to be sweet corn because we're in Nebraska and that's what's around right now."

Teachers say this week some Hastings students got lend a hand in getting that sweet corn onto their own plates.

"They got all this corn and then they had no one to shuck it," says 6th Grade English teacher Mary Beave. "So they asked 6th graders if they would volunteer and 6th graders love to volunteer."

And they say it wasn't a chore for students.

"They're having a great time doing it which is always fun to see, I never had that much fun shucking corn when I was a kid," says 6th Grade English teacher Michelle Kerr.

Gracey says Lunchtime Solutions does their Farmers Market Selection because they want kids to know where their food comes from.

"When the kids got here I asked them, 'How many of you have ever husked corn before, shucked corn?'" says Gracey. "Eight kids out of the whole group had actually done it, so there's a disconnect between agriculture and the food that we eat and the kids."

Teachers hope it will make the food more appealing when it's on the plates of everyone in the district on Friday.

"They're going to say, 'I shucked this corn,' and so they're probably going to be more likely to eat it," says Beave.

"And they might encourage their friends to try some if they haven't had it or don't like it," says Kerr.

In total about twenty 6th graders shucked 960 ears of sweet corn, and they did it in less than an hour.

Gracey says the sweet corn came from Daniel's Produce near Monroe.

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