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Food donations received at FPS help feed students

by Rochelle Eiselt | September 22, 2022 at 4:09 a.m.

The commodities received in the food department during the 2021-22 school year at Fulton Public Schools were at the value of $69,270.13.

These were donated foods and items to help provide nutritious meals at the schools, while helping with meal costs to the district.

The amount received for processed commodities is based on the number of reimbursable lunches served in the prior year.

Brian Heiberger, Director of Food Services at FPS, said the new snack vending machines are in and being programmed. The new machines will be installed as soon as possible.

The Fulton Public Schools Board recently agreed to install new vending machines in the middle- and high-school cafeteria areas.

When the food service department looked at labor issue solutions, one of the ideas was to bring in vending machines.

Middle school and high school students will soon have the opportunity to purchase smart snack items from a snack area daily.

Food service employees provided limited catering services for student and staff events and community events in district buildings.

Six cafeterias provide school meals to district students and staff.

There were 16 full-time and 11 part-time staff members, and three substitutes employed in the School Food Service Department last school year.

The high school is a centralized kitchen preparing some bulk items that are catered to the elementary schools.

On-site preparation occurs at the other schools, including salad bars at all elementary schools. Additional menu choices and a la carte items are available at the high school and middle school.

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