Healthy feasting is no small feat – especially during the school day, when kids are away from mom and dad. Chef Jenn Brower knows the struggle. She’s responsible for feeding 500,000 kids in 170 school districts (more than half are here in southeast Michigan) with Chartwells, which stocks K-12 cafeterias with nutritious food. Here, Brower, a grandma of three based in Grand Rapids, dishes a few tricks to try.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Rye Shriver, the director of dining services for the Buckeye Union High School district, said he worked with chef Doug Harris over the summer to create a more welcoming lunchroom environment for Buckeye Union, Youngker and Estrella Foothills high schools. Buckeye’s food service partner, Chartwells K12, was a partner.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Serena McGinley said the school’s cafeteria service, Chartwells, “collaborates with our garden committee and uses the produce harvested from the garden in our school meals.
“Chartwells prepares the vegetables and serves them to our students and teachers,” she said. “Our garden has supplied our school with over 3,708 servings of vegetables.”
Sunday, December 24, 2017
The days of the old school cafeteria are over for students at three Buckeye schools. These lunchrooms have gotten complete makeovers, and it’s all about teaching healthy eating habits. And, we're talking about fancy lunches, in a modern day cafeteria that looks more like a café or food court.
It’s a transformation that brings trendy foods and a café-style feel to Buckeye Union High School, and two other schools, that makes these lunchrooms look modern and sleek.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Students in Biloxi are learning about healthy eating through a unique hands-on experience. It's a mobile, teaching kitchen, nicknamed Elly.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
A student-led effort at Lake Road is aimed at reducing the elementary school’s carbon footprint.
Students volunteer during breakfast and lunch to separate out food, liquid, plastic and cardboard in recycling bins supplied by Chartwells School Dining Services.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
A professional chef and registered dietitian showed up at Chuckey Doak Middle School with a traveling kitchen on Tuesday. They got kids out of the classroom and got them to cook up a special dish. On the menu today- tacos.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Six school systems in the Kent and Ottawa ISDs are among 32 statewide receiving an additional 10 cents per meal this year to purchase locally grown produce, according to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).
The 10 Cents A Meal for School Kids and Farms program is providing schools with match incentive funding up to 10 cents per meal to purchase and serve Michigan-grown produce.
Monday, November 27, 2017
A kitchen on wheels rolled into the bus parking lot of Heritage Middle School this week to help teach approximately 150 kids about healthy food choices over a three-day period.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
When it comes to food service outsourcing at local schools, there are three districts in St. Joseph County that have gone that route.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017