Training gears up foodservice team for next school year

Calif. district spends time on fruit and veggie prep and plans for Farm to School.

May 13—The school year is drawing to a close, but plans are already in the works for next school year, especially for Willits (Calif.) Unified School District's Food and Nutrition Services team. They recently spent a day preparing new recipes from scratch, practicing high-speed fruit and vegetable preparation, and planning ahead for next year's Farm-to-School program.

The training was the latest piece of a years-long effort by WUSD Food Service Director Christy Wisdom and her team to redesign the school meals program. New federal regulations require a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to be served daily, and WUSD has proven it is up to the challenge.

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