Missoula Food Bank celebrates International Eat an Apple Day with students

Skylar Rispens

On Friday, employees and volunteers with the Missoula Food Bank and Community Center visited four elementary schools to celebrate International Eat an Apple Day.

Claire Bonino-Britsch stopped by Hawthorne Elementary dressed as a strawberry and passed out apples to students as they went through the lunch line. Afterward, she walked through the tables offering apples to students who packed a lunch.

“Everyone’s just so psyched,” Bonino-Britsch said. “We’re excited to get kids excited about sharing meals with one another.”

As different grades filtered into the cafeteria after recess, some students declined their apples while many eagerly exclaimed “yes please.”

Ryder Schleicher, a second grade student, couldn’t wait for recess to wrap up so he could snack on one himself.

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“My favorite part about eating lunch at school is that it’s pretty quiet sometimes,” Schleicher said, adding that there’s lots of options to choose from.

His favorite meal at school is hot dogs with ketchup, but there’s always a variety of drinks, fruit and vegetables available, he said.

The food bank’s mission on Friday was two-fold, however. They also took the day to remind students and their families to

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