Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School seventh-graders took a deep dive on the food supply chain during Middle School Activity Day on October 1.
Students have been learning a lot about food and hunger from various angles, including food insecurity and food waste, how to read nutrition labels, and tips for grocery shopping.
On Activity Day, they interviewed Santa Catalina’s dining manager, Bethany Wright, about how Catalina gets its ingredients (which are locally sourced), how she knows what to order, and what happens to the leftovers. Later, they visited Taylor Farms in Salinas to learn how lettuce is grown, packaged, and sent to restaurants and grocery stores.
Taken together, the lessons give students a richer understanding of food, nutrition, and hunger as they prepare for the school’s annual food drive benefiting the Food Bank for Monterey County in November.
Elsewhere during Activity Day, sixth-graders went to Del Monte Beach to clean up litter and help with dune restoration, while eighth-graders navigated the treetop ropes course at Mount Hermon in Santa Cruz.