Allissa Eiser
Ellensburg (WA) Schools FSD Allissa Eiser reads Sylvia’s Spinach to second graders at the school that won her lunch participation contest in January.

Competition Boosts School Meal Participation

Washington State district uses a contest to spur young students to eat at school.

Like many school districts, the Ellensburg (WA) Schools faced an erosion of participation levels this year following federal mandates governing paid school meal pricing and the new meal pattern requirement.

“It was a double hit to our participation,” says Foodservice Director Allissa Eiser, who had been successfully introducing healthier choices to menus for the 3,000-student district located near the campus of Central Washington University.

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