Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Greenville County Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services announces $100,000 grant

Greenville County Schools' Food and Nutrition Services announces $100,000 grant from Greenville Women GivingThe Food and Nutrition Services of Greenville County Schools has received a $100,000 grant for ongoing culinary and nutrition training initiatives to support the Culinary Creations program. The support is being made possible in part by a grant from Greenville Women Giving.

Culinary Creations is a menu concept that emphasizes scratch cooking in lieu of processed foods and promotes the consumption of whole grains and fruits and vegetables.

Four entrees are offered daily, and two are vegetarian choices. Each school has a Vegetation Station where students can choose items daily from the soup and salad bar. All soups are made from scratch.

More than 190 GCS food service employees have participated in the Culinary Creations training program in partnership with the Culinary Institute of the Carolinas at Greenville Technical College.  This summer, an additional 160 employees will be trained.

Greenville County Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services announces $100,000 grant from Greenville Women GivingCulinary Creations will be offered in all 51 elementary schools in the 2013-14 school year and 19 middle schools in 2014-15. All high schools will be part of the program within two years.

Culinary Creations was recognized in 2011 by the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine with a Golden Carrot Award for providing some of the healthiest school menus in the nation. Eileen Staples, Director of Food and Nutrition Services said, “We are excited about this very generous grant and proud of our program and Greenville Women Giving’s confidence in our ability to succeed.”

Greenville County Schools is the 47th largest school district in the nation with over 71,000 students. For more information, visit the Greenville County Schools website at Information is listed under the Food and Nutrition section. 

About Greenville Women Giving
GWG is a 400-member philanthropic organization serving Greenville County, SC and founded on the idea that women, informed about philanthropy and about needs in their community, collectively can make a real difference. GWG is a special initiative of the Community Foundation of Greenville. For information about membership or the Annual Meeting, please visit the organization’s website:

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