Jody Dennis-Williams recognized for outstanding improvements in school food through inaugural Carrot Awards |

Jody Dennis-Williams recognized for outstanding improvements in school food through inaugural Carrot Awards

Jody Dennis-Williams, child nutrition director for Garfield County School District 16, is one of four finalists for LiveWell @ School Food Initiative’s carrot award.

The initiative, which partners with districts throughout the state to help bring healthy food to students, selected the finalists based on evaluations of the scratch cooking improvements made to their kitchen operations, the new partnerships they developed, and strategies implemented to ensure the sustainability of their effort.

Dennis-Williams was commended for her efforts to centralize baking processes to increase the number of scratch-cooked menu items; start a grab-and-go area in the high school to boost healthy a la carte sales; increase farm-to-table opportunities; and develop a healthy staff to-go menu. As a Carrot Award finalist, she has the opportunity to create a team of three to four members of her staff to showcase her new and improved menus while competing to win up to $1,000 for kitchen equipment purchases at the 2014 EatWell@School Cooking Competition in November. The competition’s winning meal — one that meets or exceeds USDA nutritional standards and can be created for just $1 per serving — will be served at LiveWell Colorado’s annual fundraising luncheon on Dec. 11, 2014.

Also recognized were Paula Buser from Littleton School District 6, Jo Ellen Mitchell from Denver Human Services Family Crisis Center, and Ray Edel from Eagle County School District RE 50J.

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