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Batavia School District partnering with new food vendor

Published: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

BATAVIA – Batavia School District 101 has partnered with Quest Food Management Services.

“Studies have shown that there is an integral link between nutrition, health and learning,” Batavia School Superintendent Lisa Hichens said, according to a news release. “Batavia Public Schools and Quest Food Management Services are committed to improving the health and well-being of our students by serving healthy school meals and helping our children learn about healthy food choices.”

The district’s search for a food service vendor began during the last school year when, based on a pilot breakfast program at Hoover-Wood School, district officials aimed to provide a breakfast option for students at all of its schools by the end of the 2013-14 school year.

The school board ultimately approved the new food service contract in May. Quest sought input from the students they hoped to serve.

“Our goal was to find out what they needed and wanted. Our conversations were honest and open,” said Michael McTaggart, President of Quest Food Management Services. “The students at Rotolo Middle School were candid about their expectations from their food service program. The students at Batavia High School were very specific about how they thought their food court should be.”

One of the recommendations from high school students that Quest integrated into the high school meal program was to provide larger portion sizes than the traditional school meal, while still adhering to nutritional guidelines, according to the release.

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