SNEW Spotlight: Yorktown Community Schools (IN) Food  Services Department

In honor of School Nutrition Employee Week (May 2-6, 2016), we are featuring child nutrition professionals from across the country on our blog. Yorktown Community Schools’ Director of Food Services Penny Garret is celebrating her staff this year, and here’s why:

usda_approved_software“I would like to recognize the Yorktown Community Schools’ Food Services Department for their commitment to always serving nutritious meals to our students and staff in a friendly and professional manner.  You are all awesome and YOU ROCK!”

Thank you for recognizing your child nutrition team, Penny! You are all child nutrition superstars to us.

Would you like to acknowledge members of your lunchroom staff during SNEW? Email us and we will share their story!


Increasing Meal Participation, One Rice Krispies Treat® at a Time

Lexington School District One’s (SC) Office of Food and Nutrition Services are implementing some really exciting promotions in their cafeterias, and they are seeing all of their hard work pay off! One of their many events is the “Birthday Rice Krispies Treat® Day,” which is held monthly at their district’s elementary schools.

Even though the event is tied to students’ birthdays in that month, all students are encouraged to participate, and for every lunch purchase, students receive a free Whole-Grain Rice Krispies Treat®. Parents are invited to attend this highly anticipated event, which is included in the district’s menu calendar. They even setup a “selfie station” to take pictures with fun props! The department’s Marketing Specialist, Ashley Summers, has seen meal participation rise on Birthday Rice Krispies Treat® Days, and noted that sales were “through the roof” after one of the events at Deerfield Elementary School.


Congratulations to Ashley, Director of Food Service and Nutrition Pat Carter, and the entire team at Lexington School District One for making healthy meals fun for your students! We will be sharing more exciting marketing ideas from Lexington School District One, so be sure to stay tuned to our blog for more ideas you can try in your own cafeterias.



A-Peelingly Easy Oats for National School Breakfast Week

This week is National School Breakfast Week

To celebrate NSBW, we are featuring recipes from our Meals Plus Child Nutrition Cookbook, which you can download here. The cookbook includes recipes from Meals Plus customers from across the country and school breakfast recipes using USDA foods. Enjoy these Apples and Oats in your cafeterias!

Apples and Oats

15 lb. + 10 oz. Peterson Farms Apple dices, fresh cut, ready to eat
3 gal. + 2 c. steel cut oatmeal, sweetened

Pull 4 oz. soufflé cups and place at workstation.
Using a 4 oz. spoodle, place ½ c. or 2.5 oz. of fresh diced apples into cups.
Cover tightly and date stamp.
Place in steamtable pans or in food storage shallow bins. May stack 4 high. CCP: Hold below 41°F. CCP: Never handle ready to eat foods with bare hands.
Refrigerate until service.
If utilizing a pre-packaged steel cup oatmeal, follow manufacturer’s directions.
If utilizing an in-house recipe, cook according to recipe
instructions. CCP: Hold above 135°F.
8. Serve ½ c. oatmeal with ½ c. fresh diced apples.


Nutrients per serving:
Calories – 227.596
Chol (mg) – 0.000
Sodium (mg) – 15.608
Fiber (gm) – 10.072
Iron (mg) – 0.362
Calc (mg) – 543.316
Vit A (IU) – 50.624
Vit C (mg) – 51.637
Protein (gm) – 5.029
Carb (gm) – 48.849
Tot Fat (gm) – 2.012
Sat Fat (gm) – 0.402
Sugars (gm) – 27.712
Trans Fat (gm) – 0.000*


SNA Announces New CEO

Earlier this year, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) announced exciting news that it had appointed its new chief executive officer, Patricia Montague. Montague, who has already dedicated 20 years to the organization, served as the COO for the previous nine years before stepping into the role of acting CEO during the vacancy period. She will continue leading the organization and its efforts to ensure the quality of school meal programs throughout the nation.

“Patti has demonstrated that her experience, her skills and her commitment to SNA throughout her tenure have made her uniquely qualified to lead SNA,” stated Sandra Ford, President of the SNA.

Congratulations to Ms. Montague from all of us at Meals Plus and the SNA community! To find out more about the organization, visit the School Nutrition Association website.