January 17, 2014
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Ms. Linda, front end manager at BI-LO store No. 5256, center, leads a tour of the store for a first grade class from Ellen Woodside Elementary in Greenville, S.C. ​

For the past two years, BI-LO stores have been providing local educators with BI-LO Food Detectives, an innovative and free field trip program that is focused on helping children make healthy and informed eating choices. The program takes children from kindergarten through fifth grade on a 60-minute hands-on tour through each department of their local BI-LO store.

Students investigate clues to health and nutrition, while learning how to read nutrition labels and the importance of eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The program is based on BI-LO’s own thrive! program, and was developed in partnership with a registered dietitian and Field Trip Factory, an organization dedicated to experimental learning.

Each student receives a food detective badge, magnifying glass, t-shirt, hair net and BI-LO reusable bag full of healthy snacks.

"The children loved seeing the lobsters!” said Donna McKinney, a teacher at Sand Hill – Venable Elementary School in Asheville, N.C. “The trip did a great job of reinforcing what we have been teaching with regard to food groups and nutrition. It was very worthwhile and the goodie bags the children received were terrific!"

Each tour concludes in the store café with a wrap-up session and samples of fresh fruits and vegetables. Participants are given report cards to grade the fruits and vegetables they sampled. When a report card is brought back to BI-LO, the returning family receives a special discount on the Walter’s Produce items their child liked on the Food Detective field trip.

More than 200 field trips scheduled for the 2013-2014 program year, and more are planned for spring. To learn more about BI-LO Food Detectives, click here: http://fieldtripfactory.com/programs/bi-lo.

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