K-12

Operations

Virginia Senators approve universal free school meals bill

Also in this week’s K-12 legislative update: A Kansas bill would prevent the state from participating in Summer EBT and Ohio lawmakers tackle lunch shaming.

People

Elior North America appoints Travis Young as senior president of education and operations

Young brings 30 years of industry experience to the role.

The 53 grants will increase the availability of local foods in schools and more.

Chef and Assistant Nutrition Director Richie Wilim drew on his restaurant background to create the course, which will instruct participants on how to master skills like menu planning and mise en place.

Chartwells K12 CEO Amy Shaffer says that the foodservice provider will be leaning into tech as it makes plans for the future.

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District has piloted a customizable meal cart to give students more control over what goes into their meal.

The foodservice provider is debuting 24 different recipes using farro, quinoa and more.

Also in this week’s K-12 legislative update: a federal bill aims to beef up cybersecurity in the agriculture and food sectors and a New York lawmaker renews push for universal free school meals.

Chef demos, farmer visits and more have become commonplace at the district this school year thanks to Director of Food Service Christina Lawson, who focused on growing the district's farm-to-school efforts as part of her capstone for the Chef Ann Foundation’s Healthy School Food Pathway Fellowship program.

Farmington Municipal Schools was awarded Elior North America’s Doing Good award for its work in diverting food waste from the landfill.

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