Specialty Equipment Helps CA District Serve 24,000 School Meals A Day

Students in Modesto City Schools (MCS) in California started classes last week, but school nutrition professionals had been preparing for the new school year all summer long. Something exciting was in store, helping to improve the more than 24,000 meals made daily – new equipment for their specialized bakery.  Think about 24,000 meals in terms of a restaurant – what kind of facility is needed to produce that many meals every day? Read more…

Cafeteria On Wheels Feeds Even More Students Over Summer Months

After a successful pilot program last year, Alachua County Schools in Gainesville (FL) has added a food truck to their free summer meals program, bringing delicious options to neighborhoods in need over the summer months.

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A new food truck in Alachua County Schools (FL) is traveling to feed more students over the summer months. Staff is preparing to use the “On Point Food Truck” at the district’s high schools in the fall.

The three additional neighborhood stops will serve about 150 children who would otherwise go without these meals over the summer. All children under 18 years old are eligible for free summer lunch, but even adults have shown an interest and are buying from the enticing food truck as well, said Rowe. Read more…

Menu Planning for More Vegetarian Options in Jefferson County Schools

A brave middle school student presented a need for more vegetarian options to the Jefferson County School Board in Kentucky. The plea, which Nutrition Service Center Manager Dan Ellnor said was “heartfelt and well researched,” made the district take a closer look at vegetarianism as a food service policy. Vegetarian options would not only increase the number of healthy, fresh options, but it would help entice students and staff who wouldn’t otherwise purchase school meals. Read more…

Fresh, Bold Flavors for Students

San Antonio, Texas, is well known for its trendy food scene, with authentic Tex-Mex flavors at the heart of many local restaurant menus. For school meals to make the grade at Southside Independent School District, recipes must mimic the freshness and flavors students are accustomed to at home and in the community, but still meet national nutrition requirements for school meals.

Prepared from scratch to offer variety and a unique blend of flavors, school lunch entrees include Enchiladas Verdes, Pollo Elegante, “Mi Pueblo Taco Salad” and Fideos Casera. The district’s child nutrition department is constantly reformulating recipes based on feedback from students, parents and school staff. They focus on using herbs and spices authentic to traditional recipes – comino, fresh garlic, chili ancho, fresh onion, jalapenos, bell peppers, serrano, cilantro, fresh tomato, fresh basil and fresh parsley are common ingredients in the school kitchen. Read more…