Keyword for this page: School Nutrition
The Polk County School Nutrition program has a hearfelt concern for the well-being and health of our students and our community. We believe that good nutrition is critical for maximum student achievement and meeting our district's educational goals. Our program integrity shows through our commitment to serving the most nutritious meals to our students and providing nutrition education that will prepare students to choose a healthy lifestyle now and into the future. We hold the highest standards of freshness and strive to offer local products at every opportunity.
Our program is growing....You should join us! We are proud to offer rewarding career opportunities to more than 900 dedicated professionals. As a result of our Bright Start Breakfast Program, Community Eligibility and our new Grand Central Cafes, we are feeding more students than ever before. This year we will serve approximately 5 million breakfasts, 11 million lunches, 450,000 after school snacks, and over 300,000 summer meals.
Polk County school nutrition professionals are dedicated to the achievement of our students and the future wellness of our community by providing innovative healthy meals and nutrition education in a welcoming dining environment.
This dedication stems from our commitment to support the educational goals of the district and provide the highest quality for our customers while being responsible stewards with community resources.
By 2020, our students will be noticeably healthier. All students will benefit from access to a variety of healthy foods at school and progressive nutrition education that will prepare them to choose a healthy lifestyle now and into the future.
Polk County Public Schools is proud to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). All students who attend preselected schools identified as having a high percentage of low-income students will be served breakfasts and lunches at no charge without having to fill out an application for the free and reduced meal program.
For all other schools, the School Nutrition Department offers families the option of applying for free and reduced price meals through an on-line application, which can be accessed from the Student Nutrition webpage. Paper applications are still available from the School Nutrition Manager at schools for families who do not have internet access. You may also be able to complete an online application at the school.
There are great benefits to a career in school nutrition. The schedule is great; afternoons, weekends and holidays off! Full time employees are eligible for benefits, including health insurance. Not to mention the pride you'll feel when you create smiles, one meal at a time! Professional growth and career enrichment are vital to building a nutrition staff that is prepared to meet the changing needs of our program. All employees recieve ongoing training and professional development opportunities. Opportunity for career advancement is available to employees who successfully complete our School Nutrition Leadership Academy.
The application process is simple. Applicants complete their prescreening conference, new staff orientation training, fingerprinting, drug screening, and a pre-employment physical all at one location.
The School Nutrition Department is now located at the Jim Miles Professional Development Center, 5204 US 98 South, Lakeland, FL 33813. Please note the new staff phone numbers listed below. We are looking forward to hearing from you at our new location!
|Jenna Kaczmarski||Director of School Nutrition||647-4713|
|Katie Taylor||School Nutrition Senior Coordinator||647-4774|
School Nutrition Analyst/
West Area Supervisor
|TBA||North Central Area Supervisor||647-4774|
|Lacie Sturgis||South East Area Supervisor||647-4775|
|Sandra Reyes||North East Area Supervisor||647-4776|
|Tammy Hinks||Support Specialist||647-4712|
|Michele Bramble||Support Specialist||647-4804|
|Amy Medina||Support Specialist||647-4805|
|Terrie Tisko||Apple Bistro Manager||534-0580|
|Fax||School Nutrition Department||647-4067|
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