CCPS Food Services begins Get Schools Cooking program


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In the spring of this year, Caroline County Public Schools (CCPS) applied for a grant and was chosen to participate in the 2018 Get Schools Cooking program with the Chef Ann Foundation. The grant award stated that CCPS was chosen because the district “shows great potential in enriching and building a stronger food service program.”

Through Get Schools Cooking, food service teams are guided through an intensive, three-year program. The grant provides CCPS Food Services staff with workshop experiences, assessment, strategic planning, technical assistance, and peer-to-peer collaboration.  CCPS operates the student food service programs with an emphasis on fresh and local food, while also managing a Culinary Arts Center that offers culinaryclasses for students and catering for the community. Get Schools Cooking and the assessment process will provide the district with a fresh set of eyes and guidance on continuing the forward momentum.

The program kicked off with a Director’s Workshop for Supervisor of Food Services Beth Brewster and Food Services Operations Manager Samantha Figueroa, recently held in Boulder, Colorado. “This was a great way to network with other school systems from around the country who are striving to always do better for their students, just like we are,” Figueroa said. “We were able to bring home new ideas and tools, and look forward to learning more with the Chef Ann Foundation.”