The Wink-Loving School District Finds a Creative Way to do Lunch 9/17/13
CBS 7 News
Wink-Loving Independent School District is trying a creative way to make healthy school lunches taste better. They are hiring professionals to help turn their lunch staff in to restaurant-quality chefs.
Older students are allowed to leave campus to go get lunch, but most of them stay here. The lunch is just that good.
"Their smiling faces coming through and just saying 'hi'," says Food Service Director, Hilda Crawford about her favorite part of the day. She’s worked at the school for ten years and was just recently promoted. "They taught us from calories and sodium, it was pretty fun."
Superintendent Dewitt Smith says there are nutrition laws that have forced the school to change their menu in order to keep the quality.
"We had a taste testing day where our kids came in and tested the food and gave our cafeteria workers feedback," says Smith. He began with Walker Quality Service last spring to put staff through training. "We want our cafeteria and Wink ISD to be the best restaurant in town."
Walker Quality Services is a five-year old company and serves 15 school districts in Texas.
"It's more about scratch items, freshly prepared items," says Walker Quality Service President, Alfred Walker.
The school has happy lunches, salad, fruit, hot meals, and much, much more.
"Better choices, more choices, the kids, I think, really like that," says Crawford.
Walker Quality Services costs schools anywhere from $1,100 to $2,500 per month for a school depending on how big the school is and how much training is needed. According to Superintendent Smith, that money is already within their budget. Parents can rest easy knowing their kids are getting good food that's also healthy.
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