Office 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
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
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:
National Apple Crunch Day: Thursday, October 11th
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, www.INFOhio.org, 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.
- Create Acrostic Poems using apple or another related vocabulary word or name.
- Research more information about John Chapman and create a character trait poster.
- Create a comic depicting the important information from the reading. (https://picklebums.com/free-printable-comic-book-templates/)
National School Lunch Week
The Gardens Continue to Grow at CCS!
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!