The Dish

Fall 2018

Office of Food Service

Joe Brown, Director of Food Service

Robin Chapman, Assistant Director of Food Service

Edith Murphy, Area Supervisor

Brenda Klein, Area Supervisor

Lynn Maistros, Area Supervisor

Liz Solomon, Area Supervisor

Jodena Beale, Food Service Supervisor

Les Hamilton, Food Service Production Center Supervisor

Jeannine Marcum, Dietitian

Chris Weatherholtz, Nutrition/Farm to School Coordinator K-12

Apple Slicer Ribbon Cutting

Tuesday, September 11th, there was a special event to celebrate the addition of an apple slicer at the CCS Food Production Center! The apple slicer will provide sliced apples as one of the fresh fruit and vegetable choices to encourage our children to eat more of the healthy selections that are available in our CCS cafes daily. Healthy students are students who are prepared to learn and grow.Along with the apple slicer, a compost project to compost the apple cores and other food waste products has been implemented at our CCS Food Service Production Center. This reflects the district vision; "A world class model of public education that prepares members of our community to reach their full potential." (Food Service Staff pictured above from left to right; Margaret Pace, Diane Scofield, and Donna Starks)

October is National Farm to School Month

Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.

Most importantly, the farm to school movement sweeping the nation is leading the charge to focus and educate our children and communities about nutrition and healthy life styles. It is a well known fact that we are facing an epidemic across our nation of a serious rise in childhood obesity. To further emphasize the importance of joining the movement, here are a few items from the research:

  • Approximately 17 percent of U.S. youth have obesity
  • Nearly one in three children and adolescents are either overweight or have obesity.
  • The obesity rate for children ages 6 to 11 has also more than quadrupled during the past 40 years and tripled for adolescents ages 12 to 19
  • We spend an estimated $190 billion every year to treat obesity-related conditions in America
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CCS actively celebrates and supports the farm to school initiative monthly by featuring Ohio-produced foods. The October menu will feature Ohio-produced calzones, and most of our apples throughout the year are grown in Ohio.

For more information and free resources visit the Farm to School web site:

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National Apple Crunch Day: Thursday, October 11th

This year's Apple Crunch Day will still include the traditional apple eating all together across the district at 12:00 (or another time that is more convenient). Apples will be provided from our cafeterias. Make sure your building is registered to be counted for Ohio:, and be sure to take a picture of your apple crunch event and share it with us so that we can showcase your school and students. (Send pictures to

There are some wonderful resources included here to share with your students. Although many of you are using Infohio already, there are some that may need to hear about the resource and how to access it. INFOhio,, is free to teachers and the sign in information is included below. One of the resources available on INFOhio is Book Flix. There are many text sets, usually one fiction and one nonfiction on a variety of topics. These book read alouds, can be played on your smartboard for the class or on Chromebooks for students to listen to. There is a set for Johnny Appleseed which is a perfect fit for Apple Crunch Day! One of the selections is a poem and the other an informational book. Included on the site are some supporting resources to go along with the readings. These include games, student sheets and other activities. More resources for students to enjoy with their apple on Apple Crunch Day are included here to support vocabulary, reading, and writing.

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National School Lunch Week

Let's celebrate nutrition! Mark your calendars for National School Lunch Week - October 15-19, 2018! The #NSLW18 theme is, "School Lunch: Lots to Love". This event was designed to help students and school nutrition professionals connect and share what each loves most about school lunch with parents, school officials, the media, and the general public. Again this year, our Food Service Staff will participate by decorating hats with what they love about school lunches and wearing them. There will be some resources for students and teachers delivered to the schools. Visit this link for more ideas and resources to plan your celebration:

The Gardens Continue to Grow at CCS!

Last year Columbus City Schools began a garden initiative to give our children the opportunity to experience social studies and science in a hands on way! Outdoor learning labs/gardens were established at 23 of our CCS schools. Unfortunately, we did not experience the growth we had hoped for our first year at this endeavor. However, thanks to a generous donation by Scotts Miracle Gro, new soil has been delivered to each of the sites, and we will begin anew! What a great lesson in perseverance for our students. Below are pictures of some of our sites getting ready for their new soil.

Columbus City Schools has taken significant steps to be an important part of the national "Farm to School" movement! The experiential learning opportunities offered to our schools by implementing an outdoor learning lab/garden is just the start! We are currently researching and making connections to support experiential learning about career opportunities, now called Green Careers, for our students in several areas of conservation and food supply such as composting and hydroponics. The demand for these career areas has grown significantly over the past few years and continues to grow!

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Here is a reminder of a fun lunch that children can enjoy making themselves. The possibilities for variations are endless. For a meatless combination, use refried beans, or if you like spicy, add a favorite salsa. Find more recipes, as well as, other healthy and fun suggestions for eating and activities to share with students and families on the Team Nutrition web site included below.

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