Benita Gingerella

Senior Editor

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Benita is a senior editor for FoodService Director and covers K-12 foodservice. She has been with the publication since 2016. In her spare time, Benita is an avid restaurant-goer and loves to travel extensively.

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Benita Gingerella

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Student cook-off brings friendly competition and new menu items to Norwich public Schools

The winning dishes, including a peach chicken alfredo, will be served to students next week.


Updates to School Nutrition Standards will raise costs, Congressional Research Service report shows

The report says that the changes will cost school nutrition programs an estimated additional 3 cents per meal on average.

Also in this week’s legislative update: An amended school nutrition New Hampshire Bill goes to the full House floor for a vote.

The state has announced it will award $1.5 million in grants to expand farm-to-school programs across New York.

The department awarded over $2.3 million in grant funding to five recipients.

The Cooking up Confidence camp is being held through a partnership between Chartwells K12 and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

Food Service Director Carlee Johnson McIntosh and her team have spent years creating partnerships with suppliers in the area to bring fresh produce and animal protein to students.

This is the latest study to show that the waivers had an impact on school meal participation and access.

The team has begun replacing heat-and-serve menu items for scratch-made meals, thanks to help from Chef Heather Biddlecome.

The Chartwells K12 team at the district provides monthly meals to shelter patrons.

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