Food Service Production Center
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
CCS Professional Learning Opportunities
Integration Using Outdoor Learning Labs/Gardens K-5
November 29, 2018
4:30 - 6:30
Food Production Service Center
450 E Fulton St.
PDS #: 34189
This professional development will provide information about effective strategies for integrating reading, social studies and science content through experiential learning. The participants will receive small group reading sets, lessons, seeds and small gardening tools. There will be experts to share about nutrition in the classroom and of course there will be snacks.
December 1, 2018
Growing Resilient Schools
Spruce Run Nature Center/Various Garden Sites
This Ashland class is open to all those that would like to learn more about expanding garden areas and learn about the nutrition aspect with harvest activities. There will be visits to garden sites and presentations by experts at the sites.
4-H Project Green Teacher OSU Extension
Beginning January 3, 2019
For details please see brochure:
Another Successful Apple Crunch Day!
Parsons Elementary Celebrates Apple Crunch Day
National School Lunch Week Winners!
Our Winners of the 2018 NSLW
Elementary School Menu Making Great Strides Towards Clean Label Food Items
Clean label is a consumer-driven movement demanding natural foods that contain no artificial ingredients or synthetic chemicals. Products that contain no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, are considered clean. Food service and grocery store chains have defined their own clean label list based on the customer's perception of "natural".
Serving cleaner label menu options is one of the menu trends according to the School Nutrition Association (SNA). The 2017 School Nutrition Trends Survey reports that 56.3% of a total 515 districts are serving clean label choices in the cafeteria for students. Of these districts, 81.1% are seeking additional cleaner menu options.
Our school district has started offering clean label items for elementary schools since last school year. Greater than 30% of menu options were considered clean label wen we started. In this school year, the number goes up to 64% as we keep seeking products that limit high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) caramel color, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and other items on the clean label list. Currently, none of the regular menu items contain artificial color or MSG.
We are working on offering cleaner label items for our future menu. In order to do that, we encourage students to fill out our online survey and make suggestions for food items they wish to have on the menu, so we can start looking for clean label options and try to offer them in the next school year.
In our last issue we shared some resources from Infohio which are free to teachers and families (Remember "infohio.org, the ID and PW: CCS for both). We included the information about the "Book Flix" app found on this web site. Several teachers have shared how much they have enjoyed using this paired text site and love the variety of topics and text sets. However, there are many wonderful Apps on the site. In fact, as I go from building to building I am seeing awesome student writing posted in rooms and hallways. One of the Apps on Infohio is the "Kids InfoBits". This site is an amazing resource for students doing research! It too has a variety of topics including plants and gardening. Also, the information on the topics is presented in a variety of forms such as books, pictures, magazine and news articles.
Click on the icon to check it out, or just sign in to Infohio.org, click on the desired grade levels and then click on "Kids InfoBits".
The Garden Project at CCS is Still "Growing" Strong
Our First Harvest
Composting has Started at Columbus City Schools
More Composting Coming Soon
- Up to 71% of what goes into our landfill could be composted
- 20% of dangerous methane gas emissions could be eliminated by composting.
4 Slices of bread
1/3 c. peanut butter
1/3 c. jelly
1/2 c. strawberries, 1/2 c. blueberries
1/4 c. crushed graham crackers
Honey to drizzle (optional
1. Using a large glass or biscuit cutter, cut bread into rounds and discard crust.
2. Spread peanut butter to the edges of each bread round. Repeat with jelly, then sprinkle with strawberries, blueberries and graham crackers.
3. Drizzle with honey, fold like a taco, and serve.