Greeley-Evans School District 6 in Greeley, Colo.
Their Eggcellent Story:
Greeley-Evans School District 6 in Greeley, Colorado is proud to serve Breakfast Burritos (made with local ingredients) to their students once a week. This egg-containing item is, by far, the most popular breakfast entrée served throughout the school district! The Breakfast Burritos are made from scratch in the Nutrition Service Department’s Central Production Kitchen. The potatoes that are utilized to prepare the Ranch Style Hash Brown are locally procured from Leffler Family Farms. The jalapeno and green chili peppers within the Green Chili are also sourced locally from Tigges Farms—both the Ranch Style Hash Brown and the Green Chili are folded into the burritos. These items along with egg, cheese, chorizo sausage and a whole grain tortilla come together perfectly for a top-rated handheld breakfast!
The background on this outstanding district:
Their district is making tremendous strides in serving more locally-sourced produce and meat in school lunches and breakfasts, providing healthier nutrition for students all across the district. In fact, since the farm-to-school program began in earnest, the district now spends 25% of its $4 million annual food budget on locally-grown foods, and produces 75% of its food from scratch – up from just 20% in 2011. This means healthier food with more nutrients and fewer unhealthy additives for students. The district has a 12,000-square-foot central production kitchen, which makes storing and cooking 15,000 meals per day a much easier task. Greeley-Evan’s Jeremy West, School Nutrition Director was named K12 Innovator of the Year 2016 by Food Management.
“As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and the individual responsible for providing healthy and wholesome meals to over 19,000 students, including a protein source at breakfast time is of utmost importance to me. Protein at breakfast is imperative for slow and steady digestion during the time after breakfast and before lunch. Additionally, and most vital, protein helps to fuel young minds and allows them to focus in the classroom and achieve academic success!”
– Kara Sample, RDN, SNS
|District||Greeley-Evans School District 6, The 13th largest school district in the state of Colorado|
|Contact Name||Kara Sample, RDN, SNS|
|Title||Assistant Director | Nutrition Services|
|ADP||18,000 total meals|
|CEP:||Currently not participating in this program|
|Number of Sites||26 schools plus 8 charter/private schools|
|Central Kitchen||Yes, bulk satellite to each school|
|Do all schools have kitchens||Yes each school has a full kitchen|
|Total Meals Served||3,428,422 number of meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks) 2015|