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August 03, 2017

Agency of Education Hosts School Food Service Summer Institute

Chefs to Test Recipes in an Effort to Entice Kids with Healthier Meals

The Vermont Agency of Education Child Nutrition Program will host more than 350 school food service directors, managers and staff, principals, administrative assistants, business managers, superintendents, farm-to-school coordinators, and nurses who work on child nutrition at the Child Nutrition Programs Summer Institute in Streeter Hall at St. Johnsbury Academy August 7-11, 2017.

Orientation for New Food Service Directors, cooking from scratch, menu planning, after school snack options, breakfast after the bell, cashier boot camp, and civil rights requirements in child nutrition programs are among the 40 courses offered during the five days.

"Some of the more popular courses are taught by the school chefs, who demonstrate how to be creative with USDA Foods and local ingredients, and how to think outside the box to create favorite local recipes," said Laurie Colgan, AOE director of child nutrition programs. "The creativity of the chefs, administrators and food service staff, and their collaborative effort to provide healthier and tasty meals benefits students, and their families, throughout the school year. Our schools serve more than 22,000 breakfasts and 42,500 lunches to students each day."

More than 10 million meals per year are served in Vermont school each year, many prepared with locally-sourced, farm fresh produce, right from the fields of our Vermont farms.

Since 2015, school district food service staff involved in the operation of school meals programs are required to meet minimum professional development hours. The courses offered at Summer Institute all count towards these required hours that benefit a diverse group that includes school nutrition experts, child nutrition program operators, day care program directors and staff, day care home providers, and summer meals program sponsors.

Media Contact: Haley Dover,

Source: Agency of Education
Last Updated at: August 03, 2017 15:25:42