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Thursday, March 17th, 2016 | Author:


Aramark has teamed up with the New England Dairy council and the Fuel up to Play 60 program to host our first ever Breakfast Recipe Challenge! This challenge is open to elementary school and junior high school students across the state. We are asking students to put together a team to create a unique breakfast recipe featuring wholesome ingredients that can be added to our school breakfast menu. Recipe submissions are due April 27th and can be submitted right to your school’s cafeteria workers or emailed to Five teams will be selected to compete in a statewide cooking challenge in May for a panel of celebrity judges. Winners will not only have their recipe featured on Aramark breakfast menus state-wide but will also be featured in Stop & Shop circulars around the state and will win a $3,500 breakfast make-over for their school!

Click the link below for full contest details.

Rhode Island School Recipe Challenge


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Friday, March 04th, 2016 | Author:

vet 5KOn November 11th, twelve of our Aramark managers set time aside to volunteer at the Park View Veterans’ Day 5K Run/Walk in Cranston, RI. All of these managers hail from different school districts throughout the state, and gave up their mornings to support this fundraiser to help the Wounded Warrior Project. In addition to the food that we were able to donate, we had a few people guiding the finishers of the race, others removing runners’ tags to track their finishing order, and even had five participants in the race itself! It was a blast serving our local community and the returned armed forces service members to whom we all owe so much.

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Monday, September 28th, 2015 | Author:

ABC day 9172015_3On Thursday, September 17th, thousands of Aramark employees nationwide participated in Aramark Building Community Day: a day set aside each year for volunteering and giving back to each region’s local community. As big of an impact that this event creates, it also provides a snapshot of what is already occurring in our company as we daily enrich and nourish the lives of the people we interact with. Participation was widespread this year and the impact that it made even more so.

Our Rhode Island food and facilities team were eager to participate in this event in our own area, and spent the day volunteering at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Their commitment to distribute food to the needy and to end hunger made them the perfect choice for us to partner with for this event. 15 people from our region took an afternoon away from the office to sort through the donated food and assist in any way they could. As a result, the food we organized was able to be distributed more quickly to reach the people that depend on it all over the state. This day made such a substantial impact and The Rhode Island Community Food Bank was so grateful for our help.

We were thankful that we got the chance to participate and serve our local food bank. We look forward to what good Aramark Building Community Day will bring next year, and in the meantime will be continuing our commitment to enriching the lives of others each and every day.


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Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 | Author:

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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, March 04th, 2013 | Author:


RI Author Joy Feldman joined by Governor Lincoln Chafee, 

RI Board of Education Chairman, Eva Mancuso, 

 Local Mayors, Celebrities, News Leaders and Teachers

To Read On March 11th & 12th To Over 75,000 Rhode Island Children for

National Nutrition Month


“Is Your Hair Made Of Donuts?” Statewide Read


Over 75,000 students at more than 200 schools, libraries, youth programs, and health centers throughout Rhode Island will participate in the Statewide Read event of RI author Joy Feldman’s children’s book, “Is Your Hair Made Of Donuts?” on March 11th, 2013 (March 12, 2013 in Warwick).  The event recognizes March as National Nutrition Month and Feldman says, “this is an act of solidarity on behalf of the health of our children.  With the addition of celebrity readers, we have created a unique event of synergy in celebrating good food and good health for our children, and for ourselves”.


Along with Governor Chaffee, Mayor Avedisian, Mayor Diossa, Mayor Fontaine, Mayor Fung, Mayor Grebien, Mayor Lombardi, Mayor Polisena, and Mayor Tavares, will be guest readers in their city’s schools. Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the RI Dept. of Health, NBC10’s reporter Molly O’Brien, State Capitol TV Host Dave Barber, Chief Medical Officer Renee Rulin, M.D. of UnitedHealthcare and Rep. Frank Ferri (Warwick), parents, faculty and others will participate.


Corporate sponsors are also joining to provide support, including books, healthy snacks and other support.  Participating are Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, Champion Juicers, Dr. Day Care, East Side Marketplace, Sodexo, UnitedHealthcare, United Natural Foods (UNFI), Walgreens, and Whole Foods Market. The Boys & Girls Club of East Providence is providing administrative support.


Joy Feldman, RI author and nutritional consultant reads in schools throughout the year, but wanted to broaden the program to create positive community energy in the smallest state in the country. Known for her trademark two-foot high donut hat, Feldman captures the attention of children, educators, leaders, and adults to deliver her powerful message of healthy eating, Feldman says, “In addition to calling attention to the ever-increasing childhood obesity epidemic, the statewide read demonstrates that are young people can be empowered to make healthier food choices for themselves, when they can.  I literally started to recruit schools one at a time, and I am exhilarated at the response, as well as grateful for the Governor, Chair of the Board of Education and the seven Rhode Island mayors and so many others taking the time to be with the children, sponsor the program, and create an event which can have a lasting impact as the entire country recognizes National Nutrition Month.


There is no cost to participate, with just one book needed for reading purposes.  Schools and programs have been adding to the program by recruiting their own readers, local companies to enhance the program, and more. Feldman is asking any school or group that would like to join on to the Statewide Read to register so their participation can be recorded.  They will receive a certificate of appreciation for their efforts.  More information, including registration information, is available at:, or emailing author Joy Feldman directly at

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Tuesday, March 09th, 2010 | Author:

On Thursday, March 4 during breakfast in Ms. Keri Moura’s classroom at Robertson Elementary Center in Central Falls, Principal, Sharon Cabral received  a check for $1000 from Andrew Schiff, Director of the Rhode Island Food Bank.  This award was in recognition for increasing the number of students eating breakfast every day at Robertson where over 70% of students enrolled are eating school breakfast.

Many more Central Falls elementary students are starting their day with a balanced breakfast  courtesy of the new Breakfast In the Classroom program that was pioneered at the Robertson Elementary Center in October by ARAMARK, Central Falls’ Food Service provider.  This program has since also been implemented at Ella Risk and Veteran’s Memorial elementary schools in Central Falls and these schools will  be receiving $1000 checks in April and June respectively.

To encourage schools to make the changes necessary to increase the number of students eating breakfast at school, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Kids First and RIDE developed the “School Breakfast Excellence Awards.”  Schools that achieve 50 percent participation in school breakfast, one-half of the total enrollment, for at least one month, receive a $1,000 check which can be used by the school’s principal to benefit the students. In order to be eligible, a school must be a Rhode Island public school located in a high-need community in which at least 40 percent of the lunches are served to free and reduced-price eligible children.   

As many as 35 percent of U.S. school children skip breakfast, a problem that medical experts say is contributing to our nation’s childhood obesity crisis. ARAMARK is helping its Rhode Island school district partners offer breakfast through innovative programs, including breakfast in the classroom, breakfast in the cafeteria, and portable breakfast delivery options.

“Breakfast helps jump-start a child’s metabolism and mind,” said Dennis Gomez, District Manager for ARAMARK Education in Rhode Island.  “As part of ARAMARK’s commitment to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity campaign, we are actively working with our school district partners to ensure students have access to nutritious meals at school. Several school administrators report seeing an increase in student attendance, behavior and classroom performance after they started offering breakfast at school.”




According to Dr. Karen Cullen, associate professor of pediatrics at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, a balanced breakfast gets students off to a good start in the morning, is part of a healthy diet and helps maintain a healthy body weight. “Unfortunately, up to 35 percent of children of all ages skip breakfast, for a variety of reasons, often economic,” she said.

Studies by the Food Research Action Center (FRAC) have shown that children who skip breakfast are more likely to over-eat later in the day, make less healthy food choices and often end up storing more fat than non-breakfast eaters.


In addition to the link between not eating breakfast and childhood obesity, a study conducted by Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital found that children who ate breakfast in school had fewer absences, higher math grades, and fewer incidences of problems like depression, anxiety, and hyperactivity. 


As part of USDA’s National School Breakfast Program, all schools, private or public, are eligible to receive federal funds for every breakfast served.  During the 2008-09 school year, only about 47 percent of eligible children participated in the Program, leaving over $500 million in federal funding on the table.   In Rhode Island, typically only about 23% of eleigible students participate.




About ARAMARK Education

ARAMARK Education provides a complete range of food, facility, uniform and other support services to more than 500 K-12 school districts in the U.S.  It offers public and private education institutions a family of dining and facility services including: on-site and off-site breakfast and lunch meal programs, after-school snacks, catering, nutrition education, retail design and facilities management services, including maintenance, custodial, grounds, energy management, construction management, and building commissioning.  For more information on ARAMARK Education’s K-12 food service programs, please visit


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Monday, April 27th, 2009 | Author:

Why eat Breakfast?

Breakfast is proven to be good for children’s bodies and their minds. Research shows that children who eat breakfast have improved memory, problem-solving skills, verbal fluency and creative abilities. School Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day for kids and provides the necessary fuel to start a day of learning and achievement. Research has shown that children who eat breakfast at school:

• Score better in standardized tests
• Have fewer health issues
• Behave better in class

Research also shows that kids who skip breakfast rarely make up for missed nutrients later in the day – so skipping breakfast could also affect the after school activities that they really love!

School Breakfast: Good for your Kids
School breakfast provides 25% of the recommended daily allowance of protein, calcium and iron, vitamins A and C and calories for your kids as well as meeting federal nutrition guidelines based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

What’s in a meal?
Menus change daily, but are designed to meet a child’s needs. The breakfast line-up includes this good stuff:
• Milk
• Fruits, 100% juice or vegetables
• Breads or other whole grains including cereal
• Meat and/or meat alternates

Source: School Nutrition Association 2009

BREAKFAST: An Energizing Start  to Your Day
Your breakfast choices help determine your energy level for the rest of your morning. When breakfast consists mostly of sugary foods, you experience a quick rise in your blood sugar, causing a surge in energy. But after about an hour, your blood sugar and energy both decline and you’re hungry again, long before lunch. Your breakfast can do more for you. A balanced breakfast (like the options offered at school) of carbohydrates, protein and fat causes a more gradual release of energy over the entire morning, maintains your blood sugar levels and delays hunger until it’s time for lunch. The easy breakfast options below are packed with nutrients from three or more food groups.
Source: ADA Public Relations Team

Try some of these great tasting breakfast ideas to fuel your child’s day:

  • Rice Pudding – Mix leftover rice, low-fat yogurt, dried fruit, nuts and cinnamon.
    Pita Pizza – Fill pita bread with your favorite low-fat cheese, cooked lean meat, and vegetables. Heat in microwave.
    Sandwich Roll-up – Try peanut butter and banana or jelly on a flour tortilla.
    Fruit Salad – Mix fruit with low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese and top with granola.
    Egg Burrito – Fill a soft flour tortilla with scrambled eggs, boiled potato, refried beans, or salsa.
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