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WCSD Nutrition Services reports success
by Tribune Staff
Jul 22, 2012 | 1593 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The number of students eating school meals, including breakfasts and lunches, from the Washoe County School District has risen dramatically in the past three years, district officials said this week.

“Our Nutrition Services Department has had remarkable success the past two years as a result of three factors: 1) amazing employees; 2) outstanding leadership, specifically Director Tony Cook and Assistant Directors Maryann Weller and Geri Casey; and 3) a strong and dynamic partnership with ARAMARK,” said Rick Harris, WCSD chief logistics and operations officer.

Between 2010 and 2012, the percentage of students who eat lunches provided by WCSD increased by more than 13 percent, while the number of students who eat district-provided breakfasts has skyrocketed by 53 percent.

Officials also said the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program will expand from 14 schools to 34 schools in 2012-2013, funded by a federal grant, and nutrition services staff members are partnering with vending machine companies to assure they are complying with wellness policies and are providing schools with healthy fundraising and celebration alternatives.

This year, for the first time, parents and students can complete and submit their Free and Reduced Lunch applications online at www.washoe.k12.nv.us/parents/nutrition-services.
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