Burlingame Schools Win Food Award

Raziel Ungar

September 11th, 2011 - 1 min read
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I was pleasantly surprised to see the below news in Neil Gonzalez's column in the Mercury News this past week:

The Burlingame School District has earned regional recognition for its food service. The district won a "Be A Star" Award for the school-meal provider Chartwells' West Region, which comprises 11 states, including California, Washington and Oregon. Burlingame bested about 80 other districts in using local products, cutting down on food waste and being involved in community programs.

This is especially good to hear as Burlingame has organic gardens in most of its elementary schools that are an important part of the science programs at the Burlingame School District schools. The award was also mentioned in McKinley Elementary School's newsletter from September 1st.

The Award recognizes Lunch Staff for achieving excellence in the food service program. Throughout the school year, each Food Service Director and their team of associates must achieve three goals – to eat local products, reduce food waste and get involved in the local community programs. A formal written description of the plan to meet these objectives, the execution, and the results must be submitted in order to receive credit towards the award.

Burlingame School District is part of Chartwells’ West Region, which is comprised of California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado. Within all 11 states, there are approximately 80 school districts/Food Service Directors.

To see a sample of a garden in action, check out my video on BurlingameBuzz of Lincoln Elementary School, or watch it below.
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