When you think of cafeteria food, usually you don't think of baked ziti, sweet potato fries or blueberry pancakes.
But at Duval County Public Schools, those are just three of the several options students will see.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Whether it's in a supermarket or roadside stand, fresh vegetables are filling up the plates of many, but who exactly is feeding us this New Jersey Fresh produce?
Local farmers throughout the state spend their lives growing fresh corn, tomatoes, cantaloupe, blueberries, cucumbers, whatever their specialty, and distribute to supermarkets where they are purchased and brought home.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Under the coordination of Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter, a consortium of local groups and businesses has donated resources to provide a day camp to the city’s children.
Operating at five city parks, the camp is expected to serve up to 300 city kids through Aug. 20 – all paid for with private donations.
Instead of sitting at home or wandering around looking for something to do, children participating in Brockton’s day camp program play basketballand soccer, cool off under one of the city park splash pads and make friends. The camp also provides kids with a nutritious meal courtesy of a $15,000 grant from Chartwells, the food service provider to Brockton public schools. Other contributors who helped raise the necessary $50,000 to make the camp a reality are the Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board and the Mayor’s Children’s Fund.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
You’ve heard of Take Your Child to Work Day, but have you heard of Take Your Parent to Lunch Day?
At Atherton Elementary School in Burton, we invite parents to try what their children eat every day. We’ve talked to parents who couldn’t believe the school served so much fresh fruit at lunch. Not just apples and oranges, but also kiwi — a student favorite — strawberries, pineapple, and melon. Our students deserve the healthiest possible meals at school, so it’s gratifying to have their parents’ support.
Monday, June 29, 2015
As this 2014-15 school year has drawn to a close, Harrison Community Schools and Chartwells School Dining, are proud yet humbled when we reflect on the success of our new Backpack Program that was initiated last fall at Harrison Community Schools.
Friday, June 19, 2015
With six children to feed, Darlene Larner counts on the summer lunch program at the Shelbyville Boys and Girls Club to fill the gap.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
“We are very excited to embark on this new venture with Chartwells,” Putnam said in the release. “The partnership will enhance our school cafeterias, and our students will notice right away a different look and more variety when they go through the lunch line on the first day of school in August.”
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Bournedale Elementary School is piloting a classroom breakfast initiative in an effort to help students start the day off right.
With the breakfast program, students are given the chance to eat a bagged breakfast in the classroom as soon as they get off the school bus. Breakfast in the classroom is currently available to three classrooms at Bournedale.
Friday, June 12, 2015
If Theo Julmice hadn’t registered for Brockton’s free day camp program, the North Middle School student said he’d probably be sitting at home all summer playing video games.
It is paid through grants, fund-raisers and donations, including $15,000 from Chartwells, which provides food service to Brockton schools, Carpenter said.
Friday, June 12, 2015
So your kids want to get involved in your garden, but they're not ready for weeding or hoeing just yet. Margie Saidel, MPH, RD, LDN, Vice President of Nutrition, Culinary and Sustainability at Chartwells K12, says not to worry — even young children make perfectly adorable landscape designers for those times when your garden so desperately needs an update. Saidel advises, "Give kids graph paper and colorful pencils or markers to draw their ideal garden. Encourage creativity and color — include flowers, pathways, 'fairy houses' and any other accents that will make the garden a favorite destination."
Thursday, June 11, 2015