BCS Advantage Magazine Special Edition #1 - Page 12

SCHOOL NUTRITION The BCS School Nutrition Department strives to provide students and staff with balanced and nutritious meals each school day. This department is the largest foodservice organization in Western North Carolina serving almost 11,000 breakfasts and 14,000 lunches per school day! We provide nutrition education and work closely with teachers and parents to promote healthy eating habits. Students have the opportunity to attend produce fairs and sample locally grown fruits and vegetables brought to their lunchrooms. It helps inform students about healthy lifestyles and the importance of variety in their diet. The summer of 2016 marked a huge time for the summer meals program, which offers free breakfasts and lunches at sites across the county. Over 86,000 meals were provided this summer – more than any other summer to-date! In 2016, the School Nutrition department was recognized by the NC Department of Public Instruction with an Innovation in Summer Feeding Gold Level Award. The department was also recognized for their collaboration with volunteers and faith based communities to increase summer meals distribution. Plus, the department is also a finalist for a federal award for their work in making the summer meals program successful. The innovative Breakfast in the Classroom Program is in 43 of our schools, ensuring all our students have an opportunity to start the day with a healthy meal. Our Nutrition Department staff members are also playing a role in shaping policy regarding school nutrition, serving on boards for the NC Department of Agriculture and NC School Nutrition Association. Programs • Services Academics • Athletics • Arts Human Resources • Budgets Global Education • Digital Learning S.T.E.M. • Transportation • Nutrition Graduation • Purpose & Direction 10 BuncombeSchools.org