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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STAFF FOR A GREAT PERFORMANCE!!

The Colorado Dept. of Education Office of School Nutrition is required to complete an Administrative Review for all Colorado School Districts participating in the National School Lunch Program.  The review is conducted once every 3 years and consists of a comprehensive review of free and reduced processes, the reimbursement system, nutritional quality, meal patterns, program finances, food safety, procurement, employee training, program outreach and many other general areas of the program.  The purpose of the AR is to ensure program compliance, offer technical assistance and acknowledge the positive efforts in serving nutritious meals to students. Our Nutritional Services Department received their Administrative Review the last week of January, 2016 and they are being recognized tonight for receiving a review that was filled with an abundance of commendations and zero findings in our cafeterias.  Our day to day success is always a team effort by our entire department and we appreciate their efforts.


Canon City News

 

Grant helps Cañon City School District offer less processed foods

 

By Carie Canterbury

The Daily Record

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Kitchen personnel at Cañon City High School stand next to a new mixer, just one piece of new equipment recently purchased through a Colorado Health Foundation grant. Pictured are Mary Gilbert, Mia Riede, Heather Williams, nutrition services manager, Josie Zapien, Bert Stiefel, kitchen manager, and Rhonda Beel. (Carie Canterbury / Daily Record)

 

Cooking for hundreds of hungry young scholars not only is made easier, but Cañon City School District's meals are made healthier, thanks to a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation.

The Cañon City Schools Nutritional Services Department has been awarded $161,383 in grant funding from the CHF as part of the district's "Getting Back To REAL FOOD with Scratch Cooking" initiative.

"The Colorado Health Foundation is about improving Colorado health in general, and that's why we applied for their grant," said Heather Williams, nutrition services manager. "We're wanting to move away from less processed foods and more scratch cooking."

Kitchens offer fresh fruits and vegetables daily at all schools, and the assistance from this grant will allow the department to further enhance the nutrition program by integrating healthy recipes and increased scratch cooking, including pancakes and real mashed potatoes.

"Our goal is to be about 80 percent scratch over the process," Williams said.

The grant funding has allowed the district to replace old butcher blocks in all kitchens, replace old mixers (the new ones now meet safety standards with mixer guards), and purchase steamers that have more room to allow for more batch cooking. In addition to the new equipment, chefs will be coming in to help with new processes and recipes.

We are excited to be in a position to continue on the right path to building a comprehensive plan to positively impact the overall health and nutritional needs of our students," Williams said. "There is no way we would be able to upgrade our kitchens and move in a direction we truly need to be taking in child nutrition. We want to be in the forefront of getting away from processed and getting back to real foods."

Carie Canterbury: 719-276-7643, canterburyc@canoncitydailyrecord.com


 

 

http://district.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/canoncityschools/files/BOE.JPG CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STAFF FOR A GREAT PERFORMANCE!! The Colorado Dept. of Education Office of School Nutrition is required to complete an Administrative Review for all Colorado School Districts participating in the National School Lunch Program. The review is conducted once every 3 years and consists of a comprehensive review of free and reduced processes, the reimbursement system, nutritional quality, meal patterns, program finances, food safety, procurement, employee training, program outreach and many other general areas of the program. The purpose of the AR is to ensure program compliance, offer technical assistance and acknowledge the positive efforts in serving nutritious meals to students. Our Nutritional Services Department received their Administrative Review the last week of January, 2016 and they are being recognized tonight for receiving a review that was filled with an abundance of commendations and zero findings in our cafeterias. Our day to day success is always a team effort by our entire department and we appreciate their efforts.

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Heather Williams new Ca�City School District Nutrition Coordinator

By Carie Canterbury

The Daily Record

Posted: � 05/28/2015 09:42:13 PM MDT

Heather Williams moved to Ca�City in February to assume the position of nutrition coordinator for the Ca�City School District.

She is a certified dietary manager, and she is responsible for maintaining state and federal guidelines, purchasing food and supplies and overseeing the food warehouse, staff and the daily operations of school kitchens.

Williams lived in Hesston, Kan., the last 15 years, where she managed kitchens in long-term care. Growing up, she worked in her parents' restaurant pizzeria. She and her husband, Chad, have three children, and they are grandparents. She and her family look forward to making a home in the area, and they appreciate the mild weather and the scenic location.

"This is a new chapter in our life," Williams said. "We picked Ca�City because we were looking for a place to retire � our hope is this is going to be it for us."

Williams said she feels fortunate that she walked into a program that she doesn't need to "fix," but rather simply enhance.

"I walked into a great team," she said. "We have a team that is here because they love the kids, and they are here to make sure that we provide the best for the kids."

Paula Buser, director of Support Services for the Ca�City School District, said she is pleased to have someone in the position who is committed to the district and to making the nutrition program a success.