Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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In an era when school foodservice is going through perhaps its biggest changes, it’s a benefit to have a leader like Eileen Staples in charge. Staples, the director of food and nutrition services at Greenville County Schools, in South Carolina, sensed an overhaul of child nutrition programs was forthcoming and, instead of waiting to see what new requirements were to come, she made aggressive adjustments to get out in front.
Eileen Staples has renovated foodservice at Greenville County Schools by:
- Developing Culinary Creations, a dining program that improves the quality and healthfulness of meals. A chef was hired to lead the program, in which more items are cooked from scratch
- Focusing on training, particularly food safety, to ensure the department’s goals are consistent throughout this large district
- Renovating or rebuilding 60 school cafeterias, which led to increased participation
- Taking over school stores to sell students food items and school supplies