Taher’s Food4Life Initiative
Every day our body requires a certain amount of energy from carbohydrates, protein and fats to function properly. Because no single food provides all of the nutrients our body needs, eating a variety of foods ensures that we get all of the necessary nutrients and other substances associated with good health.
Good nutrition and physical activity are two essential parts necessary for the long-term health of our customers. The link between nutrition and learning is well documented. Healthy eating patterns are essential for students to achieve their full academic potential, full physical and mental growth, and lifelong health and well-being. Healthy eating is demonstrably linked to reduced risk for mortality and development of many chronic diseases as adults. We believe schools have a responsibility to help students and staff establish and maintain lifelong, healthy eating patterns.
For this reason, Taher Inc. has embarked on an Initiative called Food 4 Life. We are committed to the health, wellness and responsible eating habits of our customers in each of the 4 stages of life in which we serve them. As Students in K-12 Schools, Young Adults in Colleges, Adults in the Businesses we serve, and for the Senior Citizens in the Elderly Feeding Programs we provide meals to.
Our mission and commitment is to provide high quality, fresh wholesome foods and nutritionally-balanced and appealing menu selections to every customer. To this end, we will strive to offer food products which are minimally processed. We believe this allows our customers to increase the consumption of natural fibers and other natural ingredients while decreasing caloric intake, saturated fat, trans fat, added sugars and artificial ingredients.
To help students understand individual responsibility and make informed decisions, one of our specific goals is teaching proper eating habits which reinforces the belief of moderated consumption in all food groups.
We constantly seek new recipes and products which mirror our commitment for culinary excellence by combining nutrition and taste. All of our products meet strict nutrition guidelines which include the use of only non-hydrogenated oils in our fryers, minimizing the intake of trans fats by our customers and the reduction of products containing high fructose corn syrup as a primary ingredient.
We incorporate fresh, regionally-grown fruit or produce, organic and natural products, and unprocessed and preservative-free foods whenever feasible. Our menus are analyzed for nutrient balance and each of our recipes meets our stringent standards promoting the well-being of our customers. We encourage the consumption of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains – such as wild rice, barley, quinoa, couscous and brown rice, in their natural forms.
We understand the changing environment and the concern of rising childhood obesity. We will continue to evaluate the lunch program as new information is received, and make changes as necessary to comply with USDA guidelines and any local policies.
I would also be glad to speak to anyone who needs more information or has concerns about Nutrition and our school lunch program.
Feel Free to contact Brenda Sunderland, Food Service Director at:
262-878-2986 or firstname.lastname@example.org