HSD2 Receives Grant from Colorado Health Foundation

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"A red bell pepper stuffed with homemade chicken salad and topped with fresh fruit is one of many fresh meals offered by Harrison School District 2 Nutrition Services."The Colorado Health Foundation recently awarded $160,767 to Harrison School District for the "Feeding Kids Better - Improving Harrison District Two Nutrition Services" project. The Nutrition Services project aims to improve the working infrastructure of all school kitchens to promote more scratch cooking methods.

The grant will be distributed over a 12-month period during which Nutrition Services hopes to achieve many milestones. By spring 2013 "Feeding Kids Better" expects to increase the proportion of entrée options cooked from scratch from 25 percent to 50 percent, pilot salad bars in at least three schools, begin preparing all salad dressing, sauces and dips from scratch, and promote meal improvements in the school and community.

Harrison School District Two Nutrition Services has been involved with the Colorado Health Foundation since March, where the Foundation provided a chef program called Boot Camp for the staff. Nutrition Services staff learned the science of food and proper ways to use new equipment in daily classes. "It was very informative and empowering to my staff. It made them realize how important their piece of the pie is in the educational process," said Tammy Brunnar, Nutrition Services Supervisor.

Most of the grant will go to updating the infrastructure in each of the schools' kitchens. "We've always had cooking kitchens with full staff and equipment, but need to implement short cuts, new ideas and recipes," Brunnar said.

"The Colorado Health Foundation supported us with education in the beginning, grant money to get started, and will continue to support us in the follow-through," Brunnar said, "We are very excited to get the grant. We are impressed with the program and proud to be a part of it."

For more information about Harrison School District call Christine Lyle, Public Information Officer at 579-2310.