Friday, July 31st, 2015 | Author:
Published: July 30, 2015 | Last Modified: July 30, 2015 09:53AM

WESTERLY — Dozens of the Westerly school district’s students are continuing to receive nutritious meals even though school’s out for the summer, thanks to a partnership with the state.

About 85 children enrolled in Westerly Public Schools’ summer programs have the opportunity to have free breakfast, lunch and a snack Monday through Friday during the more than monthlong summer session that ends in the middle of August.

All breakfast meals and lunches are bagged. Breakfast includes milk, vegetable or fruit and a grain/bread, like a blueberry muffin, for example. Lunch includes milk, vegetable or fruit, grain/bread and a meat or meat alternative.

Snacks choices are celery sticks with sunflower-seed butter or pretzels with yogurt, among others.

Kaitlin Naylor, the director of Westerly Public Schools’ food-service provider Aramark, said officials have been serving about 15 breakfast meals, 50 to 60 lunches and 60 snacks per day.

Beginning last week, Aramark also started using fresh, organic produce like lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash and green and yellow wax beans from Hillandale Farm in Westerly.

Food is prepared on-site at Tower Street School Community Center.

“It’s important for Aramark and Westerly Public Schools to serve summer meals because it greatly helps the families of those enrolled during the summer months,” Naylor said. “Parents/guardians don’t have to worry about packing lunches and their children receive a nutritious meal made fresh daily.

“Aramark also has a strong sense of community and this new program helps us get our foot in the door with Westerly as this is our first year as their food-service provider.”

The summer meal program is in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Education. According to its Admin Guide for Sponsors of the Summer Program, the Summer Food Service Program was established “to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.”

Naylor said, “Like the National School Lunch Program, the Summer Food Service Program works because the district is able to claim meals through the state and receive reimbursements.”

Superintendent Roy Seitsing­er Jr. called the summer meal program “an excellent opportunity for our children and families” and said it’s just the beginning.

“Kaitlin Naylor and I have plans to open a walk-in meal site summer 2016,” he said, “giving us a bit of time to plan appropriately.”

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 | Author:

ICS Try it Tuesdays.pngInternational Charter School (ICS), which serves kindergarten through fifth grade, is an innovative school which appreciates “outside the box” thinking. An initiative aptly named “Try It Tuesday’s” began when Aramark and ICS collaborated to expand the flavor palates of the children who attend this charter school. Open to all suggestions, Aramark created a varied menu of distinctive, nutritious, and flavor-filled entrees to challenge and entice the appetites of children of all ages. Entrees like Korean Beef Fajitas, Chicken Jambalaya, and Mexican Lasagna send exotic culturally diverse aromas swarming throughout the school hallways. Each child receives a colorful “Try It” sticker, displaying their willingness to experience a culinary world with which they may not be accustomed to. “Try It Tuesday’s” has shown itself to be a successful program; with the creative assistance and experience of the Aramark culinary team, we look forward to continuing to provide unique menu selections for the children of ICS.

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015 | Author:

Chariho Amp Up CartRecently the Chariho Regional School District was awarded a grant from the New England Dairy & Food Council in order to help boost the sales of milk and dairy items.
At the request of Laurie Weber, principal of Chariho High School, the funds were used to purchase a breakfast cart to be placed in the hallway so that students had access to a breakfast meal on their way to class.
Ms. Weber was an instrumental part of raising awareness that a good breakfast fuels the learning process.
Jeff Powell, FSD at Chariho, reports that breakfast sales have increased three fold and that they are now selling over 100 smoothies per day. “The breakfast cart has been a real enhancement to our program here at Chariho. So much so that we are looking into putting one in the middle school as well.”

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Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 | Author:

Lincoln Garden Due to the efforts of School Nurse Teacher Rita Kinniburgh, students at Northern Elementary School in Lincoln are working plots in the school garden for the 9th year in a row. Established in 2006 by Rita and her students, the garden enjoys support from the school's PTA as well as community businesses like Conklin Sand and Limestone and Anderson Farms.
Principal Michele Sharpe proudly shows off Northern Elementary's "Helping Hands Garden". There are nine different beds, which are currently planted with lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and flowers. The entire school benefits from having an active and thriving garden space. Two different groups in "The Garden Club" meet weekly after school to plant and tend the garden. In between, students from various classrooms visit the garden to explore educational opportunities. Students in the music, speech and art class get to enjoy the garden from the windows that look out upon it. Teachers and administrators sit at the picnic tables to eat their lunch or to take fresh air breaks during the school day.
A new greenhouse shelf was recently used to germinate flowers that students gave their mom's for Mother's Day. The next event planned is an annual salad celebration. At the end of each school year, students harvest the lettuce they have grown to prepare a big salad. Combined with additional donations from Aramark and parents, the salad is dressed and served to the entire student body.
Once school let's out for the summer, student and teacher volunteers tend the garden so that it is in good shape when everyone returns in the autumn.
Northern Elementary School has developed a model "Edible Education" program that is truly valued, as proven by the activity and support of the entire school community
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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 | Author:

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March 19, 2014 was ARAMARK’s first annual global volunteer day, featuring a theme of “Inspiring kids to be healthy for life.” ARAMARK employees nation-wide joined in to volunteer their time and resources to a variety of projects dedicated to this theme. In Rhode Island, ARAMARK accounts across the state held a food drive for employees in an effort to keep our kids healthy and help stop the growing food insecurity problem in the state. A team of 7 ARAMARK manager’s dropped off donations from around the state to the RI Food Bank on 3/19 with donations totaling over 700 pieces! The team then stayed for the afternoon and volunteered sorting and packaging donations to be distributed around the state.

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Monday, February 24th, 2014 | Author:

ARAMARK helped Warwick students get into the spirit of the day by featuring heart-themed lunches at levels across the district on Friday 2/14/14. Elementary school students celebrated with a lunch highlighting whole grain heart-shaped soft pretzels with yogurt while junior high and high school students were treated to heart-shaped corn dogs. Pink applesauce and strawberry milk were also available with every meal!heart-shaped corn dog_warwick

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 | Author:

TLC Dinner ProgramOn Monday January 6th The Learning Community Charter School became the third school in Central Falls to serve After School Meals; this is the first school to provide the service Monday through Friday. Aramark has partnered with the RI Community Food Bank to provide these nutritious after school meals to the students in the community. The healthy options consist of BBQ Chicken Sandwich, White Meat Chicken Tenders, deli sandwiches and many other nutritious options throughout the month.

The program is designed to ensure that any student involved in an after school activity has the ability to eat a healthy meal before they go home for the night. During the first week of service we served over 100 children each day. We hope that the program will expand in the future to all schools in Central Falls in order to reach more students that are in need of nutritious meals.

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Friday, January 24th, 2014 | Author:

Lincoln Tablehosting-2ARAMARK’s successful partnership with Lincoln Public Schools can be attributed in part to their shared vision of offering healthy, appetizing meal choices and valuable nutrition education programs. ARAMARK services 8 buildings in Lincoln, including Lincoln High, Lincoln Middle, 4 elementary schools plus Spurwink School and St. James in the Northern RI Collaborative.
Throughout the school year ARAMARK School Nutrition Services works with nurse educators and administrators to develop and implement a variety of nutrition education activities. One of the more popular is an event called “Table Hosting”. Parents and community members are invited to their student’s school to enjoy school lunch and engage students in nutrition education activities. Students are encouraged to try fruits and vegetables from the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Bar.
Adults discuss the benefits of eating a healthy balanced meal and also try to learn more about which items students like or dislike. This information is shared with the Food Service Director to provide guidance on what items to include with future meals

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