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7244 E Main St
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
The Reynoldsburg City School District delivers an innovative, high-quality and cost-effective education to all students. Schools provide hands-on learning experiences in highly personalized environments. Academic programs focus on growing sectors like sci ... more
Director of Food Services
Grandview Heights City Schoolss
Bringing Kids to the Table
Fatseas understood that the USDA prohibits schools offering carbonated beverages with lunch to claim meals for federal reimbursement.
Grandview Heights City Schools
Food allergies in schools on the rise - Columbus Messenger
Peanut is the most common food students are allergic to in the district, Fatseas said, but the district also has students with fruit allergies such as strawberries and peaches, allergies to eggs and multiple allergies such as soy, milk and cheese.
"This next school year is going to be a scary time because prices are going up," Fatseas said."A food cooperative is getting the best bang for commodity dollars."Fatseas advised the first step is to choose the top 25 items and rotate them every month, which is something most districts already do.By having rotated items and knowing about how many students are partaking, those figures can be used to determine how much of something to purchase, such as Smuckers Uncrustables - the secondary entree choice at Reynoldsburg.Each February, food service directors receive the amount of funds it will receive from the next school year from the U.S. Deaprtment of Agriculture.Those commodity funds can be diverted to purchase different items, such as chicken can be sent to Tyson for chicken nuggets, probably the top school lunch at each school, or peanut butter commodities can be sent to Smuckers to make Uncrustables.Although brand name products are typically more expensive, using commodities and purchasing through a cooperative lowers the price, Fatseas said.For example, a case of cheese-filled bread sticks may cost $55 but through the cooperative $36,
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