The Dish

Columbus City Schools Food Service Production

Fall 2021

Office of Food Service

450 E Fulton St.

Columbus, Ohio 43215


Joe Brown, Director of Food Service

Robin Chapman, Assistant Director of Food Service

Brenda Klein, Area Supervisor

Lynn Maistros, Area Supervisor

Irish Dorris, Area Supervisor

Cathy Jones, Area Supervisor

Jodena Beale, Food Service Supervisor

Jeannine Marcum, Dietitian

Sean Rogers, Food Service Production Supervisor

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

Congratulations to Our Own Award Winning Assistant Director, Robin Chapman!

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The Ohio School Board Association Central Region recognizes Robin Chapman as this year's recipient of the Exemplary School Employee Award!

This award is presented to school employees from the state of Ohio each year and requires a nomination signed by the district's school board members and, according to the criterion, should be someone deemed critical to the success of a school district. Robin certainly meets those requirements! She started her 36-year career at CCS Food Service as a substitute food server and through hard work and dedication, she continued to progress through promotions to become the Assistant Director of Food Service at the largest school district in Ohio! Robin's dependability and consistent gracious demeanor continues to have a positive impact on others around her. She is definitely deserving of this award! Congratulations Robin! We are so proud of you!

Meet The New Members of Our Leadership Team

Irish Dorris

Meet Irish. Irish is not new to the Food Service Team. In fact, she started with Columbus City Schools 21 years ago. Irish started out as a 3-hour food service worker, moved to a 5 hour food prep worker, next to a cook position, then from a cook to a manager at Eastmoor Academy, and finally from a manager to a supervisor! But when you ask Irish what she attributes her success to she always answers, "God's been good to me". Her hard work ethic and consistent supportive spirit have made her a valuable addition to the leadership team.

Cathy Jones

Cathy is joining the leadership team from Briggs High School where she was the Food Service Manager. Cathy has been with Columbus City Schools for 23 years and has a long track record of putting students first! We are excited about the experience and proven leadership Cathy will bring to our team.

Helena Teta Howe

Helena is our newest leadership member who has taken the role of Food Service Production Center Assistant.

Helena is a graduate of CCS! She shared that CCS was her alma mater from Kindergarten through high school. She went on to graduate from Columbus State Community College with an Associates of Arts in Linguistics. She is aspiring to be a Speech-Language Pathologist with an interest in Marketing. Helena shared that she is newly married, recently bought her first house and also her first puppy! Her spirit of excitement and enthusiasm for her new position is contagious and we would like to take this opportunity to welcome her to the team.

CCS Starts the Year Off Right and Healthy!

This is a new year and our food service managers were ready and waiting for our amazing students to return! The excitement of being back together was in the air as our teachers, cafe managers and staff prepared to greet and welcome our children back! Click on the slide below to find your school picture!
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Great Lakes Apple Crunch Event is Nearly The Apples Will Be Provided for Lunch!

Ohio Apple Crunchers have won the Crunch the past three years! And we are planning to keep our Ohio winning streak going!

Worried you can't do it at 12:00 on the 14th? No Problem! Crunch anytime in October and it still counts! Here is how you can sign up to help Ohio win.

🍎 Get Ready To Crunch!

Looking for a fun way to support farm-to-school, Ohio farmers, and resilient communities? Register for the eighth annual Great Lakes Apple Crunch this October! Crunch into local apples at noon on Thursday, October 14th at schools, early care sites, colleges, and hospitals across Ohio (and the region) to celebrate Farm to School Month and local food in cafeterias. Everyone is invited to Crunch!

It’s simple and easy to participate because our whole district is registered! All you have to do is let your students know and look for your apple crunch stickers being delivered to the cafeteria managers. or you can register here to get the Crunch Guide with tools to find local apples, tasty apple recipes, and social media tips. For teachers, the Crunch Guide also includes student lesson plans listed by age group.

Share your Apple Crunch with us! Take a photo or video and share it by email to or to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtags #GreatAppleCrunch, #OHAppleCrunch, #F2SMonth, #OHLittleCrunchers, and #OneMillionCrunches!

See some of our participants from previous years in the pictures above!

Professional Learning Opportunities and Resources

SWACO Bulletin for Recycle and Waste Reduction Information:

This website has informative webinars for both personal and educational use. It includes data about waste in our area that can be used as springboards for discussions, research or writing.

Franklin Park Conservatory Virtual Field Trips:

This website will help you get more information about the amazing field trips being offered for a small fee from FPC. Some of our teachers have invested in these and loved them! I have had the opportunity to observe them in action and was very impressed with the engagement of the students!

Free! A School Garden/Kid Friendly Recipe Manual and Take Home Materials from USDA:

This manual is an incredible document that shares several kid-friendly recipes with step-by-step directions, including picture directions, hand washing directions, student sheets and writing prompts after creating the dishes! Take 4 minutes to scroll through and I am sure you will love it! This summer I took the opportunity to order these materials. All of it was free and delivered to my home for free. I received 40 copies of each magazine, an activity guide with helpful posters and student sheets, and there are videos for each of the recipes on the website! Such a great classroom tool even if you need to go asynchronous!

For Our Garden Teachers: CCS PDS Course, Farm to School Teacher Workshop and Focus Group Sessions

If you have a school garden and participate in the CCS Farm to School Initiative, here is a wonderful opportunity to have your voice heard and receive a $50 Amazon gift certificate! Sign up for one of the eight dates to come to the focus group discussion being held from September 29th to October 21st. There are several dates to choose from. The hours are from 4:30-6:30. Part of the session will be training on the indoor grow labs and you will receive free aeroponics grow kit and a LED light grow station kit. Sign up in the CCS PDS using the title, Farm to School Teacher Workshop and Focus Group Sessions

Or click on the flyer here for more information.

Check Out These OSU Extention Services That Can Support Your Good Work!

OSU Extention 4H Garden Conference October 22nd!

This conference is a great opportunity to attend a conference close to home and affordable and a great resource for teachers working on implementing a successful school garden. Myself and many of our CCS teachers have attended in the years past and have found it to be a wonderful resource for new ideas and networking. Click on the flyer included here for sign-up information.

Franklin County College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences:

Tim McDermott:

Gardening is a great activity that can be done with the family while we are keeping a social distance that provides not only health and wellness but a source of fresh, local produce. Growing Franklin from OSU Extension, Franklin County can assist you with your backyard growing or community and school gardening knowledge. Some recent website posts:

OSU Ext. EFNEP (Extended Food and Nutrition Education Program) Available to Come to Your Classroom

Learning Healthy Together Nutrition Curricula, students learn the process of growing their own vegetables. Each student receives a biodegradable container with potting soil and either radish or carrot seeds. Please reach out to Bianca Blakey at to find out more information about how to host an EFNEP nutrition education series with your students. See the Learning Lessons for grades 3-5 and 6-8 below.
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Check Out One of Our Own Garden Experts!

Victoria Johnson is a preschool teacher at Georgian Heights and has a thriving active gardening program! She not only has her pre-schoolers growing and learning at the garden learning labs, but she has also opened it up to all of the students at Georgian Heights through a garden club and she supports teachers at her school that want to join in the learning! She has created garden videos that support learning at school or at home! Click below to check it out!

Meet Our New Intern

Angel DiPangrazio is a dietetic intern with Utah State University who is spending time with Columbus City Schools from September-early December 2021 to gain experience in food service systems management and school nutrition education.

Prior to accepting an internship with Utah State University, Angel completed her bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition Dietetics at The Ohio State University, graduating in 2020. The degree she earned allowed her to take a position with the City of Columbus WIC program as a dietetic technician to bring nutrition education to moms, infants, and children in the community. She worked in the Linden WIC office for most of her time there and grew a deep passion for working in the community. Angel has also had experience working with Local Matters in their Growing Matters program as a lead intern helping to plant community gardens around the city at schools, recreation centers, and daycares.

Angel hopes to be finished with her internship in April 2022 and working as a dietitian soon after!

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Baked Kale Chips (AllRecipes, Provided by Bobbilyn Kasson EFNEP)

So many of our schools had summer gardens this year and here is a great recipe to use some of that beautiful kale I am seeing at many of the schools I have visited.
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