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Food & Nutrition Services had a busy summer preparing for the 2017-2018 school year and also reaching out into the community as part of the annual Summer Meals Program. Kids under 18 ate free breakfast & lunch at 9 open school sites, reading camps, a VPK program, and a mobile meals bus.

As we kick off this school year we have many new changes to look forward to!

  • Students at all Senior High Schools will have access to another "build you own" line where they can experience Italian dishes.
  • Elementary schools will launch their 16th Annual Nutrition & Exercise Challenge.
  • All Food & Nutrition Services Employees will be challenged with new employee exercise challenges.
  • New breakfast & lunch menu items district wide
  • Some new faces around the district - 3 new Cafeteria Managers and 4 new Cafeteria Manager Interns
  • 6 new CEP schools: Bannerman Learning Center, McRae Elementary, Keystone Elementary, Middleburg Elementary, Ridgeview Elementary, Montclair Elementary

Congratulations to our new Cafeteria Managers!

Mary Kirchner

Mary is the new Cafeteria Manager at Lakeside Junior High! She has been with Clay County Food & Nutrition Services for 14 years! She worked at LAE for 5 years, opened SLE where she worked for 4 years and was a Cafeteria Manager Intern for 5 years. Mary says she learned so much during her time as a Manager Intern, from other Managers. Everyone was extremely helpful. She has worked in all positions throughout the kitchen over the past 14 years and looks forward to being at the same school everyday as a Cafeteria Manager. Congratulations Mary! You will do great.
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Yesenia CorderoDiaz

Yesenia is the new Cafeteria Manager at Ridegeview High School! She has been with Clay County Food & Nutrition Services for 9 years and a Manager Intern for 4 years. As a Manager Intern she enjoyed the team comradery with her co-workers and administration. She says administration and co-workers are very friendly and help out the hardest when needed and are most enjoyable to work with. Overall, Yesi says she loves what she does, no matter the position and enjoys the team spirit. Being able to serve the kids gives her a great sense of satisfaction, especially being a mother. Yesi valued her time as an intern. Being from Costa Rica she learned how to better communicate on a higher level and how to be very grateful for all and any opportunities that were presented to her. In her free time you can find Yesenia spending time with her 3 daughters and grandchildren as she says, family is priceless! Congratulations and best of luck Yesenia!
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Daysi Sanchez

Daysi is the new Cafeteria Manager at Oakleaf High School! Daysi has worked with the Clay County Food & Nutrition Services Department for 6 years and has been a Manager Intern for 3 years. She got a lot of experience as an intern where she learned how to deal with different situations and skills in a manager role and says she enjoyed meeting many wonderful people that helped her learn and achieve her goals along the way. When Daysi has free time she spends it cooking, traveling, watching movies, and going to the gym. Congratulations Daysi!
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Welcome our new Manager Interns!

Stacey Manger-Fife

Stacey is originally from New Orleans, LA. She started working for Clay County Food & Nutrition Services in the cafeteria in 2006. Since working at AES and TES, Stacey says she has done everything in the kitchen from cook to salad maker to serve and cash. As an intern, she looks forward to seeing how the different managers run their cafeterias. She hopes to learn different ways of doing things in order to take things from each school for when she gets her own school one day. In Stacey's spare time she likes to read her bible and spend time with her family.
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Jennifer Szala

Jennifer comes to us from Ridgeview High School where she was a cook as well as a server. She has been with Clay FNS for 4 years. Originally from Little Falls, NY she moved to Florida in 1993. Jennifer says she looks forward to learning new things to become a good future manager. In her free time Jennifer like to run, run in races, and is a busy mom of 5 boys!
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Carl Peterson

Carl is a 20 year Navy Veteran and new to Clay County District Schools. He retired as a Culinary Specialist, Petty Officer First Class. He is originally from Traverse City in Northern Michigan. Carl looks forward to traveling around to all of the schools in the district and not being in the same place everyday. He hopes to learn everything that he can as a new Manager Intern. During Carl's spare time he likes to read, play games, and kayak in Black Creek. Welcome Carl!
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Debbie Martin

Debbie has been with Clay County Food & Nutrition Services since 2009 where she started out as a Cafeteria Sub. Since 2011 she has been a Cafeteria Assistant, Van Driver, and Cashier for Clay High School / Bannerman Learning Center. Debbie comes from a military family and was born in Key West, Florida. As a Manager Intern she looks forward to working with other Cafeteria Assistants, Managers, and Students of all grade levels. During her time as a Cafeteria Manager Intern Debbie says she hopes to learn all of the daily operations of all of the different schools/grade levels. Debbie is active in her church and enjoys time on the water with family and friends as well as visiting all parts of Florida, especially the Gulf Coast.
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August Safety Tip

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Salmon Cakes

Crab cakes are a popular dish, but not always practical or affordable. This quick and easy recipe uses salmon and other ingredients that can be kept on hand for preparation on busy days.


1 7.5-ounce can salmon, skin removed
¼ cup plain, dry bread crumbs
½ cup finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, or 1 teaspoon dried
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 teaspoons horseradish
Vegetable oil cooking spray


  1. Mix all the ingredients except the cooking spray in a medium-size bowl.
  2. Form into 4 equal-size patties.
  3. Coat a medium nonstick pan with the cooking spray; heat over medium heat.
  4. Cook the salmon cakes on both sides until golden brown.

Chili sauce may be used instead of horseradish. This is an easy and inexpensive way to reel in omega-3s, fish fat with anti-inflammatory properties that also may help fight heart disease.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 2 patties
Serves 2

Calories: 280; Total fat: 11g; Saturated fat: 2.5g; Cholesterol: 155mg; Sodium: 300mg; Total Carbohydrate: 16g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Protein: 27g.

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  • AUGUST 8: Manager / Manager Intern Meeting
  • AUGUST 14: First Day, Cafeteria Assistants
  • AUGUST 15: First Day, Students
  • SEPTEMBER 4: Labor Day, Student/Teacher Holiday, Non-Working Day, ALL PERSONNEL
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