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Red Jacket School's Food Services Praised in State Audit

Red Jacket School's Food Services Praised in State Audit

The Red Jacket Central School District recently underwent a thorough review by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Food Service Auditor. This assessment looked into various aspects of the Food Service Department, including administrative procedures, adherence to Child Nutrition policies, and food procurement, with support from BOCES. The audit resulted in commendable outcomes for Red Jacket.

Of particular significance was the outstanding performance of Red Jacket's meal service operations. The district's strong commitment to providing nutritious meals, exceeding USDA guidelines, was highlighted. Each meal is carefully balanced, comprising a fruit and vegetable, a protein source, and a grain component, ensuring high dietary standards.

Rachel Lockman, the Food Service Operations Director, and her team were acknowledged for their pivotal role in the department's success. Jil Swarthout, the Director of Food and Nutrition, remarked, "They relate extremely well to the students. Each team member has their strength and Rachel does a great job putting the right people in the right seats on the bus."

A noteworthy development for Red Jacket this academic year is the introduction of a no-cost breakfast and lunch program for all students, made possible through participation in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP). This initiative underscores the district's commitment to ensuring equitable access to nutritious meals, alleviating financial burdens for families.

Red Jacket's exceptional performance in the state audit underscores its unwavering dedication to fostering a healthy and supportive learning environment. Through stringent adherence to nutritional standards, effective operational management, and inclusive initiatives such as the CEP, Red Jacket sets a commendable precedent for excellence in school food services.

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