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DCSD Nutrition Services ready for back-to-school appetites

CASTLE ROCK - BBQ pork sliders; fresh Colorado peaches, hummus and pita bread, full-scale harvest bars...Parents in the rush of back-to-school prep can hit the easy button and mark ‘pack lunches’ off their morning lists.
 
“We want families to rest assured: the Nutrition Services crew has students’ palates --- and their good health --- in mind,” insists Douglas County School District (DCSD) Nutrition Services Director Brent Craig.
 
“We go to great lengths to listen to students, parents and educators and then incorporate into our menus healthy, popular items students might find right on their kitchen tables at home,” said DCSD Dietitian Kasja Larson.
 
“Our Back-to-School menu expands our Harvest Bar offerings and features items --- such as Hummus and Pitas --- which are ‘kid-tested and approved’,” said Larson, referencing a sort of ‘hummus coup’ initiated by Pine Lane Intermediate PE Teacher Kelly Wilbert. 
 
Wilbert had recently won a FUEL Up to Play grant securing monies to further healthy habits in kids through exercise, health education and introducing kids to healthy foods.   
 
Nutrition Services stepped-up to do garbanzo bean and hummus tastings with Wilbert’s charges last spring, resulting in menu additions Larson believes DCSD students will be drawn to and incorporate into their diets.
 
DCSD Nutrition Services has posted elementary school lunch menus for August. “We always look forward to gaining feedback regarding our offerings,” said Craig. 
 
Nutrition Services currently communicates its menu to parents via DCSD’s website, a smartphone app (Menus To Go) and Nutrition Services e-news publication. 
 
“We remain very aware parents and students still enjoy having a printed menu up on the fridge or the kitchen bulletin board for quick morning reference,” said Craig. 
August 4, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Communications

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