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Schools plan annual food show Thurs.

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

The Child Nutrition Department of Lincoln County Schools will host its third annual Lincoln County Food Show on Thursday, in collaboration with the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA) and the Carolina Panthers.
This year’s theme will be “Breakfast is Brain Fuel,” and the event will feature items that help to promote classroom breakfast.
Belinda Branson, supervisor of the Child Nutrition Department, said the goal of the show is to gather input and determine what food items should be added to the school system’s menu next year.
More than 200 Lincoln County Schools students are expected to attend the program.
There will be 80 vendor tables set up that will feature the “newest child nutrition foods available in the market,” according to a press release about the event. Food items that are currently on the school system’s menu will also be showcased.
Parents, students, teachers and staff will be able to sample the various vendors’ products and vote on their favorite items.
Students will also participate in a “physical challenge,” which Branson said will involve basketball.
Prior to the show, a presentation will be given by Dottie Ryan with SUDIA on the opportunities that are available to school districts, including the “Fuel Up to Play 60” initiative.
Branson noted that 22 child nutrition directors from school districts across the state will be present for a workshop with the attending vendors, during which they will be familiarized with some of their new products.
“It brings the counties together to get the best results for everyone,” Branson said.
Guests for this year’s show include Franco Harris, an inductee in the NFL Hall of Fame, Carolina Panthers mascot “Sir Purr” and various other team mascots from the Charlotte region.
The food show is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton.

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