South Florida’s Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) asked high school students what they would like to eat for lunch. The top answer: Made-to-order poke bowls.
Based on that feedback, BCPS created a Hoke Poke station that is traveling around to the district’s 33 high schools, popping up for two days at each.
The build-your-own bowl model allows students to choose a base, a protein, toppings and other add-ons to create a customized lunch. The ingredient selection includes cooked chicken, fish and eggs as a protein choice along with rotating options such as rice, noodles, fresh veggies and a choice of Asian sauces for authentic flavor. To stay ahead of supply chain challenges, all ingredients are subject to change based on availability.
Hoke Poke bowls not only deliver on the demand for customization and global flavors, they offer a healthier lunch option—something both the administration and students are seeking.
“BCPS lunches are healthier now than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains and less fat and sodium,” said a spokesperson. “Cafeterias have also expanded their vegan and vegetarian options beyond the everyday salad.”
Broward County Public School district is the sixth largest in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida, serving more than 256,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 91 charter schools.