The food service staff at Spartanburg County School District Six went through a culinary boot camp this week. They’re making sure the students will be well-fed with fresh, healthy meals when the school year starts next month.
Travis Fisher, the Director of Food Services, says the fresh over frozen approach started last year when the district decided to get away from anything packaged or processed. Now, the staff goes through hours of training learning how to slice, cut and cook.
“We want to bring scratch cooking and fresh made products back into the school kitchens,” Fisher said.
The school district says it’s been so successful, they’re serving thousands more meals in the cafeteria now. This past school year, about 100 thousand more lunches were served than the previous year. They also saw their numbers go up during breakfast, with an increase of nearly 40 thousand.
They attribute the increase to the new, fresh approach.
Crystal Hall is on the cafeteria staff for Jesse Bobo Elementary School and has seen the transition first-hand.
“The food’s a lot better,” Hall explained. “You have a lot more kids who want to try the food and want to eat the food in the cafeteria now.”
The staff is also spending time in the classroom to learn about things like sanitation, food safety and nutrition.