The Dish

Columbus City Schools Food Service Production

Winter 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

Jodena Beale, Food Service Supervisor

Jeannine Marcum, Dietitian

Sean Rogers, Warehouse Supervisor

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

Professional Learning Opportunities

A School Garden/Kid Friendly Recipe Manual 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!

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.

PAST STEM Activities for Home:

This website includes dozens of STEM activities with directions, student challenge sheets, and even videos. This is a wonderful resource for reading, research and product activity ideas for remote learning.

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 Resources and Activities from Franklin County Soil and Water District:

Don't forget about the free resources you can access with this link that will take teachers to the resources on our webpage, the educator's bibliography (Linda Pettit), the outdoor resource list, and the resources for creating online lessons.

National Center for Agriculture Literacy: January's Featured Resources

Four Seasons on a Farm

Grades K-2

Identify characteristics of the four seasons of the year, the causes of seasons, and observe the effects of changing seasons on a farm.

From Wool to Wheel

Grades 3-5

Investigate the importance of wool in colonial America, discover how wool is processed, and learn to spin, weave, and dye wool.

Flower Power

Grades 6-8

Observe the anatomical structures of flowers, explain a flower's role in plant growth and reproduction, and discover the flower's connection to our food supply.

Filling the Global Grocery Bag

Grades 9-12
Discover the factors that affect a country's ability to produce their own food and explore how food expenses differ throughout the world.

Recognizing Our Heroes Who Continue to Serve Our Families

Our hard-working heroes have served almost 3 MILLION meals! In each edition of the Dish, we have been trying to recognize some of the essential workers who continue to work to provide much-needed food to our children and community. In this edition, we proudly join our workers in the field with shout-outs to some of those heroes.

Sullivant Elementary:

We, the food service staff at Sullivant Elementary, want to give a big SHOUT OUT to our Security officer Mr. Brown.

Mr. Brown is our Guardian Angel! Mr. Brown watches over us every day, especially on Wednesday!

Wednesday night we pass out meal boxes until 7 pm and Mr. Brown makes sure we all get into our vehicles and drive away in the dark before he calls it a night! Mr. Brown is always there to "lend a hand" when we get busy on Wednesdays. Mr. Brown is our Guardian Angel who always goes "above and beyond" his job as our security officer! We appreciate all he does!

Columbus Global Academy

Recently our Dietician Intern, Danielle Blum, had an opportunity to visit Columbus Global Academy and she shared this information about the heroes there.

We had the opportunity to visit with the staff at Columbus Global Academy to talk about how their school has adjusted to the current meal pack distribution method. Overall, cafeteria manager Nancy Nyugen feels that the weekly distribution is going well at her school, except that the staff misses getting to see and interact with their students. Columbus Global provides about 500 meal packs per week for students and community members. They are glad to still see new faces on a weekly basis from families who did not know about the meal packs or were previously unable to come to the pickup times. Recently, families were given the option to choose between a fresh meal pack that contains items that need refrigerated or a shelf-stable meal pack. The families in this community seem to be appreciating the variety that they have with these options. Nyugen likes the once-weekly pickup on Wednesdays because it keeps families from having to go out in the cold every day if they can help it. It also makes it easier on families that have difficulty getting to the pick-up times due to time or transportation restraints.

The staff has continued to strive to support the community of Columbus Global throughout the pandemic. In October, they hosted an outdoor and socially-distanced candy giveaway event where students could dress up for Halloween to receive candy. Through their own generosity and donations from friends and family, the staff was also able to provide Thanksgiving food for families and collect toys & games to give away for Christmas. Families have shown their appreciation with cards, letters, and posters for the staff members.

Thanks for your hard work and commitment to serving our community, Columbus Global!

Leawood Elementary

Our Leawood Food Service staff shared how much they were enjoying seeing the families and children visit the site to pick up the food. Many of our essential workers often share the same sentiments. All of us at Food Service, the directors, supervisors and the rest of us have observed many of our staff at food sites continue to be excited to greet and interact with our children and community making them feel welcomed and supported! Thank you to all of you who continue to have a positive impact on the lives of our children and families!

Take Home Gardens Still Growing and Your Students Can Join the Fun!

In our fall edition, we shared that 1500 student take-home garden kits had been created and delivered to the teachers who responded to the interest survey about providing their students with garden take-home kits. Now we are seeing the fruits of their labors. Many teachers have shared that the students are so excited to bring their plants to the Zoom meeting and Google classrooms to share how their plants are doing. Also, some of our teachers are using the new garden lessons to support the experiential learning that this hands-on opportunity provides. Special thanks for sharing the pictures to Michelle Hersey- Valley Forge ES 1st grade, Victoria Johnson- Georgian Heights PreK, and Katie Young - Devonshire ES 4th grade.

We have ordered more of the kits and if you are interested in sharing them with your students, reach out to us at Food Service Farm to School,

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Amy Hill's Indianola K-1 Classroom "Growing" in Writing!

Amy uses her garden to inspire her students' learning in many areas! Here they share their plants and poems!
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Katie Young at Devonshire Shares her Pictures, Power Point and Video

Check out this garden classroom at Devonshire bringing their plants to class! Click on the image to access the slides and video Katie shared with us and are free for you to use if you decide to do garden kits, or even as an idea of what you can do.

Almost Time for Spring Gardens

As we look forward to the students returning in February, it will be a great time to get them excited about planting outdoors in our covered raised beds. If you already have a school garden, we will be sending soil, seeds, and plastic, (if you need new plastic), to refresh, renew, and enjoy a spring harvest celebration!

If you do not have a school garden, but would like to, please contact Chris Weatherholtz at and I will be happy to help you get started!

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Kid Friendly Recipe: Pizza Chips


2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp garlic powder

1/3 c mini pepperoni slices

salt to taste

pepper to taste

marinara sauce to serve


1. Preheat oven to 350

2. In medium-sized mixing bowl, combine mozzarella cheese, basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

3. Spoon cheese mixture into a greased mini muffin tin. Top with pepperoni.

4. Bake for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges are slightly brown.

5. Cool for 10 minutes.

6. Serve with marinara sauce.

7. Enjoy!

Watch the recipe here: