Healthy Kids Learn Better: Tahoe Truckee Unified School District food service department gets $5,000 grant | SierraSun.com

Healthy Kids Learn Better: Tahoe Truckee Unified School District food service department gets $5,000 grant

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Food Service Department of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District has installed new computer software, funded by a $5,000 grant from the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, that will help it transform the old recipe and meal production plan into their new model of scratch cooking, with no partially hydrogenated fats, no high-fructose corn syrup and minimal additives, sweeteners, salts, sugars, colors and preservatives.

and#8220;The department strives to provide healthy, tasty, and appealing meals and to reinforce classroom nutrition lessons,and#8221; said Rose Wolterbeek, director of the Food Service Department and author of the grant. and#8220;Iand#8217;m grateful to the Foundation for recognizing the importance of childhood nutrition in education and to the Board of Trustees in accepting the grant to help us reach our goals.and#8221;

The Tahoe Truckee Foundation grant was unanimously accepted at the school board meeting in May, and is now in use as the department makes plans for the coming school year.

and#8220;The computer program will allow our department to analyze nutritional content of current recipes, modify USDA recipes, create new recipes, perform inventory functions, and assist with production planning of the menu items in an efficient, USDA compliant methodology,and#8221; Wolterbeek said.

The food service department is in the first year of implementation of their newly established philosophy and guidelines. Good nutrition plays an important role in health promotion and disease prevention, she said. Also it ensures our children are best prepared to learn.

and#8220;Our guiding principles are to not only meet, but to exceed, USDA standards for the school lunch program and current Federal and State regulations, and#8220;Wolterbeek said. and#8220;We are committed to serving high nutritious food that is prepared from scratch. In addition to what Iand#8217;ve already mentioned, weand#8217;re committed to serving whole grains and fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables.and#8221;

Students will also be offered a daily vegetarian meal.

The Districtand#8217;s Food Improvement Philosophy and Guidelines was set forth by the Director of Food Service in conjunction with administrationand#8217;s input, parent involvement and full support of the Board of Trustees. The department works closely with the Tahoe Truckee Nutrition Coalition for broad based community support, and collaboration of projects.

In addition, the new software will enable improved efficiency for staffing needs and help decrease food waste.

and#8220;This is an important step for our community,and#8221; Wolterbeek said. and#8220;And thanks to the funding support from Phebe Bell, program officer for the foundation, the grants committee and the foundation board, we can continue to work toward more healthy meals for the students.and#8221;

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com