Meals for kids

Weekly meals are distributed at Clover Ridge Elementary and Riverview Terrace two days each week, through Monday, June 29. Click HERE for Menu – week of June 15 Pick up locations: Mondays & Wednesdays ONLY 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Final pick up at both locations below will be Monday, June 29 Clover Ridge Elementary – 114000 Hundertmark Rd, Chaska Riverview Terrace – 300 Ehlers Ave., Chaska For those families who have requested deliveries, the last day of delivery is Wednesday, June 3. Questions?  Call 952-556-6150 or... Continue reading Meals for kids

Nutrition Services Spotlight on Barb Harvath

What is your favorite thing about working for Nutrition Services at Eastern Carver County Schools? Growing up, my parents owned a restaurant in Bangladesh and this is where my passion for food and cooking comes from, so working for Nutrition Services is a very comfortable fit for me.  What is the funniest thing a student has ever said to you? When I first worked at Chaska Elementary kitchen, a little boy asked why I was so small. My thought was that I should encourage him to eat healthy like eating more vegetables so the answer I gave him was that I should have listened to my parents to eat more vegetables. Maybe I would have grown taller! The look on his face was priceless.  What is your favorite thing to cook at home? I live to eat, and I cook a lot of Chinese and Indian food. But my favorite thing to cook is spicy Indian dishes, like chicken, beef, mutton, or fish curry.  What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? Gardening – but that’s usually in the summer.  Who... Continue reading Nutrition Services Spotlight on Barb Harvath

New grant program helps school gardens grow

Eastern Carver County Schools is excited to launch a new School Garden Grant Program.  Funds for these grants are being generously provided by a community donor over the next five years.  These grants will expand school gardens in the district and enhance outdoor learning experiences for students. Seven school gardens currently serve as a source of learning for students throughout the district. Teachers from a variety of studies, including science, social studies, and math/engineering often creatively incorporate their school garden into standards-based lesson plans to learn about topics such as life-cycle, germination, the history of the land, and more. Not only do students enjoy the school gardens and have fun taking care of them, but they also walk away with a strong sense of community and environmental stewardship. This sustainable model makes for great learning opportunities. The School Garden Grant Program is open to employees of Eastern Carver County Schools to request funds... Continue reading New grant program helps school gardens grow

Apply For School Meal Benefits

Eastern Carver County Schools Parents/Guardians: We recognize that economic situations change throughout the year for families in our community. At this time of year with the new semester, we want to remind all Eastern Carver County Schools families that free and reduced price meals are available for students who qualify. Parents/guardians may apply for meal benefits at any point throughout the year, and as often as their financial situation or household size changes. This includes temporary situations like changes in seasonal work. For more information about the Application for Educational Benefits, or to access a paper or online application, please visit our Nutrition Services webpage. If you have additional questions, please contact Julie Eklund, Nutrition Services Specialist, at 952-556-6152 or... Continue reading Apply For School Meal Benefits

Nutrition Services Spotlight on Linda Riesgraf

What is your favorite thing about working for Nutrition Services at Eastern Carver County Schools? It’s hard to narrow it down to one favorite thing, because so many elements go into making this a job I thoroughly enjoy.   But, bottom line, it’s the people.  The nutrition staff in our kitchen works together so well.  They are a supportive, professional, and really fun group of ladies. The students and staff are great customers.  I always enjoy hearing their comments—especially when they love something we are serving…and even their feedback when they don’t. What is the funniest thing a student has ever said to you? Recently, a student was nearing the end of the serving line with a pretty full tray. He smiled proudly and said, “When you like to eat as much as I do, you learn the art of stacking your food efficiently.” What is your favorite thing to cook at home? At home, I like to try out new recipes. Lots of trial and error, but once in a while, I make something I love! Who was your... Continue reading Nutrition Services Spotlight on Linda Riesgraf

Nutrition Services Spotlight: Locally Sourced Turkey

Nutrition Services is proud to be partnering with Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls.  Ferndale Market is a third generation free range turkey farm that prides itself on growing turkeys the way nature intended, without the use of antibiotics or growth promotants.  The turkeys are processed naturally, without additives, binders and fillers, using only simple ingredients.  And furthermore, they are DECLICOUS! All Eastern Carver County Schools will be serving Ferndale turkey as part of our locally sourced menu on Thursday, November 15th. Click here to watch a video of the turkeys on the... Continue reading Nutrition Services Spotlight: Locally Sourced Turkey