Food & Nutrition

Community Education Building’s Food Program

FOOD & NUTRITION SERVICES

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The Community Education Building will demonstrate that making simple changes to a child’s diet can make a big difference. We cannot underestimate the importance of investing in our children’s health and productivity at school.

The CEB has re-designed our Food and Nutrition Department with the addition of an executive chef, a CEB Food Service Team and the implementation of over 70% of our menu with scratch cooked meals. By slowly introducing real food and tantalizing recipes, we can empower our students to make healthier choices so they can learn to appreciate nutritious foods, resulting in positive lifelong eating habits. 

PAYMENT
All students at the CEB eat meals free of charge.
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Whole Meals for Healthy Minds

The CEB has re-designed our Food and Nutrition Department with the addition of an executive chef, a CEB Food Service Team and the implementation of over 70% of our menu with scratch cooked meals.

By slowly introducing real food and tantalizing recipes, we can empower our students to make healthier choices so they can learn to appreciate nutritious foods, resulting in positive lifelong eating habits.

Our creative menu design is providing a plethora of options by providing both a cold and hot option at breakfast and lunch. Our goal is for children to look forward to meal time and find desirable food selections.  All grains provided are whole grain rich and cereals are also reduced sugar.  Protein sources are pork free and are composed of lean meats, chicken, fish and turkey.  Vegetables are fresh or frozen and will be prepared utilizing delicious recipes and various cooking methods including roasting, steaming and sautéing.  A minimum of two fruit varieties per meal will be offered to encourage consumption.

Volunteer With Us

The Food and Nutrition Department is encouraging volunteers.  This will give us the opportunity to provide new food samples, conduct student surveys and promote health and wellness material.  Education does not stop in the classroom.  School cafeterias are the natural place to teach and reinforce healthy habits.  Meal time is the perfect opportunity to educate students on the relationship between healthy eating and wellness.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Havena Hollins, Culinary Compliance Coordinator at hhollins@cebde.org

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Breakfast

National studies consistently confirm that breakfast provides fuel for school and boosts brain power.

Eating breakfast:
  • Improves classroom performance, including better test scores and grades
  • Increases children’s ability to focus and concentrate on school work
  • Decreases behavior problems, tardiness and visits to the school nurse
  • Increases attendance rate

We encourage all children to participate in school breakfast. School breakfast is free to all students on the CEB campus. Eating breakfast upon arriving at school is a comfortable, convenient and fun way to spend time with classmates in the morning.  Let’s not forgot the time and financial savings for parents.

  • Great Oaks – Breakfast is served breakfast in the cafeteria from 7:00 am- 7:25 am.
  • Kuumba Academy Charter School – Breakfast is served breakfast in the cafeteria from 7:30 am- 7:55 am.
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Lunch

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 assures that school lunches will meet meal pattern and nutrition standards.

Healthy Lunches: This means your child will be receiving an increased availability of fruits, vegetables and whole grains on a daily basis. All fruit is fresh, nothing canned. All vegetables are fresh or frozen. It is difficult for a packed lunch to fit all the nutritious items a school lunch can provide daily. One meal includes at least 2 ounces of grain products providing over 8 grams of whole grain per serving, up to 1 cup of fruit and 1 cup of vegetables including varieties of dark green and red vegetables, beans and legumes throughout the week, at least 2 ounces of protein and 8 ounces of milk per meal.

  • Great Oaks – Lunch is served in 2 sessions, starting at 11:30 am and 11:35 am.
  • Kuumba Academy Charter School – Lunch is served in 4 sessions, starting at 10:45 am, 11:00 am, 11:40 am, and 12:00 pm.

Special Diets

FOOD ALLERGY INFORMATION

The Community Education Building will make all attempts to accommodate all special dietary issues for all students. Any student with food allergies must first complete the FNS Diet Order for Special Nutritional Needs form prior to eating breakfast or lunch served by the school cafeteria.

This form can be provided to the school nurse or your executive chef Robert Whitehead. For food substitutions, this form must be filled out and signed by a doctor. Each accommodation will be handled on a case by case basis working with the school nurse and school cafeteria.

For students with severe life threatening food allergies Nutrition Services will provide a specially designed monthly menu eliminating all possible food allergens with appropriate substitutions listed by the doctor with the assistance of a parent.

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Lactose

intolerance

School cafeteria will offer Lactaid Milk or Soy Milk upon request.

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Milk

allergy

All food containing milk, whey, casein will be eliminated and substituted.

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Wheat &

Gluten

All grain items will be eliminated and substituted with rice, corn tortillas or tortilla chips.

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Egg

All items containing eggs, egg whites, or egg yolk will be eliminated and substituted accordingly.

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Treenuts &

Peanuts

Nutrition Services does not serve any products containing treenuts or peanuts.

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Fish &

Shellfish

Nutrition Services does not serve any shellfish.