Did you know you can find nutrition information about every food served in Cherry Creek Schools on the district’s Food and Nutrition Services website, www.ccsdcafe.org?
You can also look up allergy information and find the carbohydrate content of foods, and of course, check both breakfast and lunch menus for your child’s school. In addition, parents can use the site to put money in their students’ meal accounts and apply for free and reduced meals.
“We’ve developed a fun and user-friendly website that makes it easy for parents and students to find the information they need about school meal programs,” said Erika Edwards, Wellness Supervisor for Food and Nutrition Services.
Edwards gave a virtual tour of the website to parents and principals attending the February Parents’ Council meeting, held Feb. 13 at the Student Achievement Resource Center. She also gave them a sneak peak of exciting new programs being introduced this year, including:
• “Go, Slow, Whoa” - a nutrition education program that uses a traffic light symbol to promote a balanced diet and encourages students to choose the most healthy options most of the time.
• Chefs Move to Schools – a national program that brings experienced chefs into schools to do fun demonstrations that support nutrition information, share new recipes and enhance food presentation.
Edwards also demonstrated the site’s Virtual Cafeteria, which is like a video game where students and parents can learn how to build a healthy school lunch.
The new website is just one improvement the department has made this year. Beth Wallace, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, explained to Parents’ Council that all schools are offering students a wider variety of fruits and vegetables, and that students at middle and high schools now have a second entrée choice at lunch.
Food and Nutrition Services serves lunch to 28,500 students in three hours every day. The department serves 720,000 breakfasts and 4.2 million lunches every year!!