Event | December 13, 2016

Visiting Local Schools To Highlight Importance of Healthy School Meals

Retired admirals and generals of Mission: Readiness visited local schools in Hyattsville, MD; Lawrence, KS; and Hattiesburg, MS, to get a tour of school kitchen equipment upgrades that are helping the schools serve healthier meals. The retired military leaders also served lunch to the students and joined them in the cafeteria.

Mission: Readiness members are concerned about school nutrition because obesity is now the leading medical disqualifier from military service, with nearly 1 in 3 young Americans too heavy to serve. These school visits highlighted the importance of helping schools upgrade their kitchen facilities so they can prepare and serve healthier meals to kids.

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    Major General (Ret.) Roger Blunt watches a cafeteria professional at Langley Park/McCormick Elementary School in Hyattsville, MD use a steamer to cook vegetables

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    Major General (Ret.) Roger Blunt and Vice Admiral (Ret.) David Pekoske serve lunch to students at Langley Park/McCormick Elementary School

  • Healthy school meals tour slideshow

    Major General (Ret.) Blunt and Vice Admiral (Ret.) Pekoske eat lunch with students at Langley Park/McCormick Elementary School

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    Brigadier Generals (Ret.) Edward Gerhardt and Daryl McCall getting a tour of the kitchen equipment upgrades at Hillcrest Elementary in Lawrence, KS

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    Brigadier Generals (Ret.) Gerhardt and McCall getting a healthy lunch at Hillcrest Elementary

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    Students at Hillcrest Elementary give Brigadier Generals (Ret.) Gerhardt and McCall a tour of the school garden that provides fresh produce for the cafeteria and educational opportunities for the students

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    Major Generals (Ret.) Jeff Hammond and Larry Harrington and Myrtis Franke from U.S. Senator Thad Cochran’s office serve lunch at Hawkins Elementary in Hattiesburg, MS

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    Major General (Ret.) Hammond eating lunch with Hawkins Elementary students

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    Major General (Ret.) Harrington eating lunch with Hawkins Elementary students

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