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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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Monday, February 02nd, 2009 | Author:


1. How did RIDE select ARAMARK to provider of the Statewide School Food Service Program?


In 2006, after a transparent and detailed Request for Proposal (RFP) process in which other food management companies also participated, ARAMARK was selected for the following reasons:


          Strongest nutrition and nutrition education programs

o        Experience delivering against stringent nutrition requirements

          Lowest total cost provider and highest scores in all evaluation categories

          Most comprehensive, thoughtful, and detailed operations plan

          Highest capital investment for RI schools.

o        Technology, equipment, nutrition education, marketing, employee training

          Significant economic and community investment in RI and strong presence in the region with over 9300 employees

          Excellent relationships with RI organized labor

          Demonstrated track record of successfully managing programs of similar size


2. What is RINR 2009?


The Rhode Island Nutrition Requirements 2009 (RINR 2009) are designed to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as to utilize reduced sodium foods, products with more than 50% whole grains, 100% juice drinks with no added sugar or artificial sweeteners, and low and fat free milk.


ARAMARK’s program was specifically built to comply and implement these standards that exceed federal nutrition requirements for meals and snacks and it assures consistent implementation of these standards across the state.


3. How is this program transparent?


The Statewide School Food Service program is built upon complete fiscal transparency and accountability at all levels (State, district). Program benefits include:


          No hidden fees or markups

          Open-book procurement through bulk purchasing power

          No complicated, time-consuming RFP process needed; districts can switch directly to program using pre-approved form contract.


4. If my school district adopts the Statewide School Food Service program, will local school administrators lose decision-making power over our own district’s food program?


No. ARAMARK works with individual districts to set menus, budgets, guarantees, investments, staffing, and selection of on site management team, including Food Service director. In addition, early termination of existing contracts is not necessary; Districts can choose to join program in advance of current contract expiration. In other words, local school districts retain ultimate control of their programs.


5. I am concerned that my school district switching onto the Statewide School Food Service Program means that local food service employees will lose their jobs.


Just as stated above, districts maintain ultimate control of their programs, including staffing.


6. Who can I contact if I have any questions about the School Food Service Program?


Please contact ARAMARK Food & Nutrition Services:


Dennis Gomez, District Manager



Wednesday, January 07th, 2009 | Author:

The Cool*Caf™ Elementary brand was highlighted in The Packer, a business and industry newspaper. The article describes the menu strategy designed to improve service flow and deliver fresh, healthy choices that are attractive to elementary school students. It also features the Cool*Caf at Frenchtown Elementary in East Greenwich, RI.

To view the full article, click here

Saturday, December 20th, 2008 | Author:

ARAMARK Education was recently featured in USA Today for its new Cool*Caf™ elementary program designed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, speed of service and increase student satisfaction and meal participation. To read the USA Today article, click here.

In Rhode Island, the Meadowbrook Farms and Frenchtown Elementary Schools at East Greenwich participated in the pilot phase of this program (see before & after photo gallery below) and recently the program was implemented at Windsor elementary in Smithfield.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 | Author:

As reported by The Providence Journal on November 24 2008, ARAMARK Education and the Chariho Regional School District began the implementation phase of a new computer cash register system. This automated system called Nutrikids is designed to increase speed of service by reducing cash handling and offering prepayment services. The system is also intended to protect student privacy by eliminating the need for lunch cards and rosters. Parents also can enjoy the convenience of 24/7 access to account balances, purchase history and online payment at All school districts participating in the Rhode Island Statewide School Food Service program will be able to utilize this system.

Click here to see the online article. Video – Tracking School Lunch at Chariho