School board hears report from Chartwells

Published: Monday, June 10, 2013 at 07:30 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Washington County School Board heard a year-end report on the school’s cafeterias and got a first look at plans for the new Kate Smith Elementary School on Monday.

Robert Russell of Chartwells School Dining and Connie Walker, director of Dining Services for the district, were on hand to present their year end report to the board members.

“In comparing like for like versus last year, Washington County is within $200 of last year’s numbers,” Walker said. “This is in spite of lunch counts being down due to the new USDA meal pattern changes.”

Walker’s report stated that as a result of the USDA changes, the national average shows lunch counts down 4 to 6 percent, with Washington County doing much better at only 2.1 percent.

Russell said that next year, the USDA was making changes to breakfast which may result in fewer children eating their first meal at school.
“If they didn’t like lunch, they’re really not going to like breakfast,” Russell said. He said taking protein out of the meals was a trend with the USDA changes. “I told them we’re in the deep South. Down here breakfast is bacon and eggs, not a muffin and granola.”

Russell said that last year began with the USDA setting a calorie limit on meals. “After five or six months, they got away from that, but by them a lot of kids had quit eating lunches.”

“I’m still hearing that children aren’t getting enough to eat,” Board member Susan Roberts said. “I want to make sure they are getting enough food.”

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