Ogden School District and Utah State Office of Education (USOE) welcomed officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service this week.
Regional Division Director Darlene Sanchez, Branch Chief of School Nutrition David Von Behren and Penny Burke, Management Analyst, visited Mound Fort Junior High School to learn about the district’s school lunch program and more specifically the success the district has had with the adoption of the Community Eligibility Provision, (CEP).
The program offers students of families who qualify for the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) breakfast and lunch at no cost. Ogden was one of the first districts in Utah to implement CEP.
An estimated 7,000 Utah students participate in programs under CEP.
“We all have worked hard to implement recent changes with one goal in mind: healthy kids and healthy environments,” Sanchez said. “Ogden is doing something right because we are seeing good results.”
Sanchez presented Ogden Superintendent Sandy Coroles and the child nutrition staff a Certificate of Appreciation for their work and efforts in serving students in need. She thanked and congratulated district officials for their leadership and participation in the program.
After lunch with students in the cafeteria, Sanchez and her staff answered questions and took feedback relating to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
The visit also included a meeting with USOE Child Nutrition Program Director Kathleen Britton, Associate Superintendent Bruce Williams and State Superintendent Brad Smith.