Local and Indigenous Foods Training

The Local and Indigenous Foods Training (LIFT) is a program that educates food service staff, students, and farmers on the benefits of using local foods in school meal programs. This program highlights recipes that use local Nebraska food items such as Apples, Aronia Berries, Beef, Bison, Dry Beans, Rhubarb, Turnips, as well as the following identified indigenous foods: corn, dry beans, winter squash, summer squash, native herbs. Further, LIFT engages students in creating and testing recipes, while developing and marketing recipes and local foods for use in the school meal programs.

Nebraska Schools Participating in the Local Indigenous Foods Training (LIFT)

Banner County School, Cedar Bluffs, Columbus Public Schools, Gering Public Schools, Guardian Angels Central Catholic Schools, Litchfield Public Schools, Loup City Public Schools, Ord Public Schools, Overton Public Schools, Pius X Catholic High School, Schuyler Central High School, St. Paul’s Luther School, Sutton Public Schools, Wakefield Public Schools, Wayne Public Schools, and West Point Public Schools

Featured LIFT Recipes

The Local and Indigenous Foods Training recipes will be standardized and adapted for schools, and communities, to use once the participating schools (listed above) test and evaluate each of the existing recipes.

Apple Aronia Berry Crumble

Aronia Berry Vinaigrette Dressing

Baked Apples

Beef Burrito Bowl

Bison Pizza Topping

Brownie Batter Hummus

Moroccan Meatballs

Roasted Turnips

Smashed Turnips with Sriracha

Strawberry Rhubarb Topping

Taste Test Recipes

Home Size Recipes

Chefs Table

Chef’s Table is an interactive tasting event that engages youth in the testing of a NEW recipe. Traditionally run by a Chef, this activity has been adapted for schools to engage youth and school staff outside of the cafeteria environment. The Chef’s Table has youth at the center of the taste testing experience and incorporates their perspective on recipes being considered for use in the school meal program.

Updated May 17, 2023 3:29pm