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Chartwells School Dining Services and Levittown Public Schools (NY) Improving on Wellness


July 9, 2012 - Levittown, NY

In their working partnership, Chartwells School Dining Services and Levittown Public Schools know the importance of learning and nutrition. The district continues to focus on increasing nutritious school meal offerings to students at their school dining centers. Levittown Schools have an enrollment of 7,625 in six elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools.

Western Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) recently met with District Chartwells Food Service Director Alan Levin, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Mark Flower and Division Avenue High School Principal Dr. Francesco Ianni to review the District's lunch and breakfast programs. During a recent lunch tour at Division Avenue High School's cafeteria, Mr. Levin exhibited the twice-weekly salad bar, cafeteria food that is baked and not fried, selections of fresh fruit and the new yogurt smoothies station. He also demonstrated nutrition charts that detail the fat, sugar, fiber, and other nutritional calculations in the lunch menu options.

"Since last school year, the quality of the food options and the District's lunch count increased. On average, 125 more students eat daily in the cafeteria," said Mr. Levin. It was noted that the increase in the number of students buying lunch is due to the improved offerings, more variety as well as the nutritional value of their meals and the fact that student feedback was included in decisions concerning their meals. "The students feel empowered because we, Chartwells, were willing to listen to their requests, such as salad bars, yogurt parfaits, hummus and vegetable platters," said Mr. Levin. "We offered free samples in March to help promote the new offerings."

According to Assistant Superintendent Mark Flower, seniors say they prefer to stay on campus, and, because of improvement in food options, this will result in an increase in the number of students that eat lunch in school in the coming year.

About Chartwells School Dining Services
Chartwells, a division of Charlotte, NC-based Compass Group provides dining services for over 550 public school districts and private schools, comprising over 6,000 separate elementary, middle and high schools nationwide. For more information about Chartwells School Dining Services, visit www.eatlearnlive.com.

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