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  • The News Herald: Taste Testing: Students try out new dining service

    Students this week got to try the food from a new dining service called Chartwells, which was hired recently by Burke County Public Schools.

    “We are so excited to have Chartwells on board with us this year in our cafeterias,” Superintendent Larry Putnam said. “We saw cafeteria workers making meals from scratch during our school visits, and we enjoyed eating lunch at Freedom High School.”

    BCPS signed a five-year contract with the company, with the first year being on trial basis. If Chartwells does not meet BCPS standards in the first year, or vice versa, then the school system can terminate the contract.

    Chartwells believes they will generate a profit of $500,000 per year for the nutrition program. If not, they will pay the school system the difference.

    The dining service uses locally grown produce to support local farmers and companies, bringing students fresh produce while supporting the Burke County economy, said a press release from BCPS.

    Throughout the year, Chartwells will hold chef and registered dietitian led tastings with students to talk to them about healthy foods and ingredients. Guest chefs will also visit schools through the Chefs2Schools program to help students engage with healthy foods and learn how to eat well for a lifetime, said the release.

    A free app, called Nutrislice, is available for parents and students to download on smartphones, with menus and nutrition facts for each day.

    Putnam said he, as well as all the administrative staff, look forward to the new school year

    From The News Herald

    August 27, 2015