Navajo Tech launches food truck to schools

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

GALLUP, March 13, 2014

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(Times photos – Donovan Quintero)

TOP: A small dish made up of stuffed pork and black beans is smothered in Greek yogurt and served at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Gallup on Saturday.

MIDDLE: The Navajo Technical College culinary truck sits outside the Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Gallup on Saturday.

BOTTOM: Navajo Technical College’s second year culinary arts student Darryl Yellowhair places an NTU specialty item on a tray on Saturday at Wal-Mart in Gallup.

Students spend an average of eight hours a day at school and much of their daily nutrition is provided by the school cafeteria, but sometimes the school food isn't as nutritious as it could be.

With the help of Navajo Technical University, school food preparation staff from across the Navajo Nation will get the opportunity to learn how to cook healthy, filling meals for their students.

Thanks to a $75,000 grant NTU received from Wal-Mart, the Culinary Arts Program is taking their catering truck on the road as part of their "Healthy Cooking and Eating in Indian Country" project.

Through this project the NTU catering truck will spend two days a week training staff at schools across the Navajo Nation on how to prepare and present Native foods in a healthy way that encourages students to eat healthy.

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