The Dish

Food Service Production Center

Fall: Issue 2, 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

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

PDS#: 34239

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

Winter Schedule

Beginning January 3, 2019

For details please see brochure:

Another Successful Apple Crunch Day!

Parsons Elementary Celebrates Apple Crunch Day

Parsons Elementary hosted this year's Apple Crunch Day Event. The students looked wonderful and were excited to begin the festivities! Students came prepared with special headbands, specially made t-shirts and smiles all around! Our national Farm to School Representative, Jenna Segal, was there to celebrate with the children and Columbus City Schools were showcased in the National USDA Newsletter.

National School Lunch Week Winners!

This year the activities for National Lunch Week included a hat contest, activity sheets for lunch break and lots of fun! Like Carlitta, one of the winners of the NSLW, many of our CCS Cafe Managers had a great time joining in on the national celebration! Below are pictures of this years' winners who received the most "likes" on the Food Service Twitter account. Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all of you for all you do to ensure that all of our children eat well every day.

Our Winners of the 2018 NSLW

NSLW Participants

Elementary School Menu Making Great Strides Towards Clean Label Food Items

The Concept of Clean Label:

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".

Our Efforts:

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.

Teacher's Corner

Check out This Site!

This website has great garden lessons connected to literature for each month of the year. The book list included is a wonderful resource and the books are available at the public library. Check it out by clicking on the icon. Web Site:

In our last issue we shared some resources from Infohio which are free to teachers and families (Remember ", 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, click on the desired grade levels and then click on "Kids InfoBits".

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The Garden Project at CCS is Still "Growing" Strong

Our First Harvest

Many of our garden schools are now sharing harvest pictures with us! We are so excited for our children and teachers that are having great success this year with our garden initiative. Be sure to invite us to your harvest day celebrations. Your cafeteria managers and supervisors would love to be invited to see and hear about what the students are doing. Contact me if you need help finding the supervisor of your building. Here are a few pictures of those wonderful harvests! Please be sure to share your pictures as well so that we can showcase your school and the students' hard work.

Composting has Started at Columbus City Schools

More Composting Coming Soon

Columbus City Schools Food Service Production Center has started a composting project using the apple cores/waste from our new apple slicer and other food waste from the production center. In just one month of participation 4200 lbs. of food waste has been diverted from the landfill! This effort and the connected learning is incredibly important for all of our staff, educators and students because this is how we as a community can have a positive impact on our environment. Here are just a couple of facts about why this initiative is so important:
  • Up to 71% of what goes into our landfill could be composted
  • 20% of dangerous methane gas emissions could be eliminated by composting.
Food Service has applied for grants to get a pilot program implemented in more of our schools. We will have more exciting news on that venture in January!
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PB&J Tacos


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.