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DCSD Chef, Nutrition Services Team with Sedalia Elementary Jr. Chef Apprentices

DOUGLAS COUNTY -- Douglas County School District’s (DCSD) Second Annual Put-Away-5-A-Day Fruits & Veggies Challenge is in full-swing at 57 elementary schools throughout Douglas County.  The competition runs through December 12, and is open to all students at sites participating in the school lunch program.

“I’m really looking forward to visiting the students at Sedalia.  There will be contests. There will be prizes. There will be perfectly seasoned roasted veggies and mulled cherries served by a team of outstanding Sedalia Elementary Jr. Chef Apprentices.  All to get the kids super pumped about produce consumption,” said DCSD Chef Jason Morse, CEC.

During the district-wide challenge elementary students and their families are encouraged to eat five produce servings each day.  As enticement, Nutrition Services is hosting two individual student contests, as well as a school-wide contest. 

The elementary site in which students consume the most produce (per capita) is awarded an all-expenses paid (FREE!) gourmet luncheon catered by Chef Morse and his team.

“The beauty of the three contests is how students learn the value of eating 5 servings of produce each day.  The challenge is a fun, friendly way to make the point,” said Nutrition Services Director Brent Craig.

The first contest asks students to take the Put-Away-5-A-Day Pledge ( on a fun Coloring Sheet. Those who do and return it to their kitchen manager will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 School Lunch Certificate.

Students can also track their daily consumption via the Put-Away-5-4-LIFE game.  (

“The goal of the ‘5-4- Life’ game is to make stepped-up produce consumption a habit for life.  Students are asked to chart daily personal produce intake,” said Craig. 

The reward for eating five produce items over the course of the challenge is entry into a drawing with a Grand Prize offering of a $50 Lunch Certificate plus a Popcorn&Movies 4-Four Pak (Total Value: $112). The drawing Runner-Up earns a $25 Lunch Certificate plus Popcorn&Movies 4-Two Pak (Total Value: $56).

Douglas County School District (DCSD) Nutrition Services operates as a self-sustaining enterprise to offer nutritious, appealing meals and ala carte food items to DCSD students and personnel while supporting the DCSD community with resources which promote optimum learning and wellness.

For specific info pertinent to DCSD Nutrition Services,

contact Janelle Jones at (303) 818.6849 or janelle.jones[at]dcsdk12[dot]org

November 7, 2013 | By rmbarber | Category: Nutrition Services

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