As a way to reduce food insecurities in the community, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will utilize a food truck starting Monday to help deliver meals to students while school is out. In addition to using 18 schools sites to serve meals in the summer, the food truck — the first one for the district with a fully functional kitchen — will travel to 23 community locations with prepared meals. The idea for a food truck came from the realization that some kids who could benefit from the free meals at schools during the summer might lack the transportation to get there, said Lauren Richards, executive director for child nutrition in the district.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Goosefoot, the nonprofit community development organization, announced it plans to continue supporting the school farm and culinary program with a $50,000 grant for the next school year. It has helped the gardens grow with major funding since 2014. The School Farms deliver more than 1,000 pounds of fresh organic produce to the Chartwells-managed school cafeterias, which end up on students’ plates. Salad bars, Taco Tuesdays and more are made with food picked by students, from kindergartners to high school seniors. Some produce also ends up at food banks. South Whidbey was the first school district in the nation to follow the Chartwells School Garden Guide protocols for delivering produce on a regular basis for school lunches.
Friday, June 8, 2018
More students in Randolph are taking advantage of “After the Bell, Breakfast in the Classroom,” a nutrition program supported by a private philanthropic organization. The program now serves 76 percent of students in four elementary schools, up from 21 percent last year, according to Scott Valentino, district manager for Chartwells, the schools’ contracted food provider. Valentino said an average of 260 children at each school are provided daily with fresh fruit, yogurt, muffins, bagels and cream cheese, along with juice and milk. He said the program may be introduced to the middle and high school next year.
Friday, June 8, 2018
While soy is its main ingredient, tempeh often contains ingredients like brown rice, quinoa, millet, flax seeds, and sesame seeds, says Margie Saidel, R.D. and vice president of nutrition, and sustainability at Chartwells K-12. … As a rule of thumb, Saidel says to look for plain tempeh with as few ingredients as possible. Flavored tempeh often contains extra soy sauce and sugar—stick to fresh spices, herbs, and homemade low-salt marinades so you know what you’re actually putting into your body. If you’re gluten-free, double check that each ingredient listed is compatible with your diet.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
School may be out for summer, but there's still one bus making the rounds in Fayette County.
Students get on, and while they don't go anywhere, they leave with a full stomach. A former Fayette County School Corporation bus has been transformed into a mobile cafeteria called the "Kids Stop Cafe." …"Most schools feed in their buildings in the summer, but some kids can't get to the buildings. That's why we take it to them," said Food Service Director Rachel O'Brien.
Monday, June 4, 2018
Burton Elementary School hosted Washington State University Extension’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education’s Harvest of the Month program this month, and 335 students were treated to local strawberries. The berries came from Gonzalez Berry Farm in Cornelius, Ore. Strawberries were then featured on the lunch menu throughout elementary schools in Evergreen Public Schools. The harvest program is hosted by the nutrition assistance program and the district’s Chartwells food service.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Teaching your kids the importance of of growing their own fruits and vegetables is a good way to enjoy seasonal food during the summer. Chef Jennifer Brower cooks nutritious meals for nearly 170 school districts -- most of them right here in Michigan. Chef Jennifer is the Regional Executive Chef of the Great Lakes Region at Chartwells K-12. She ensures more than 500,000 students are fed each day.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
They gave the students at Loy Norrix a choice for lunch, the votes are in and they picked the chicken.
Chartwells, the contractor who provides food service for Kalamazoo Schools held a tasting event featuring three different menu items…a do-it-yourself Pizza station, an assortment of Latin-American dishes and a selection of different ways of serving chicken. Food Services Director Christine Haller says the idea is to give students more choice, because it isn’t nutritious unless they eat it.
Monday, May 21, 2018
Regional Executive Chef Paul Sottile worked his way up in the food industry after starting out as a bus boy cleaning tables. Sottile now works for Chartwells K12, the parent company that handles the food service for the Wichita Falls ISD schools and others across the country. Sottile gave a demonstration to the culinary arts students at the Career Education Center Friday morning, focusing on vegetables and how other ingredients or seasonings can affect the end product.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Students from Ring Lardner Middle School in Niles enjoyed a special lunch from celebrity chef Jet Tila Wednesday.
He's most known for his appearances on the Food Network.
Tila works with Chartwells the company providing nutritious meals to Niles Community Schools.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018