Mattawan School summer food program recognized

Paul Garrod -
Among the food trucks, Chartwells  debuted their 32-foot-long Cruisin’ Kitchen Food Truck, above. Other food trucks taking part in the event were Babaturk, Blue Plate Food Truck, Camzies Pizza, Coffee Rescue, Gorilla Gourmet, Island Noodles, Red Tricycle Ice Cream Company, Smoked Down BBQ, Speciality Cheesecake and Dessert Company, Calvin Robert Music, and Mattawan Bands. The event was sponsored by the Mattawan Pride Committee.

    The second annual Food Truck Festival was held Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Mattawan Consolidated School. “As with all of our Mattawan Consolidated School events,  each year they get even more exciting and continue to grow as a result of our supportive Mattawan community,” said David R. Rose, FMP Chef/Director of Dining Services, Chartwells School Dining Services, the school district’s food service provider. The free event, open to the public, featured 11 food trucks, music, vendors and games.  

    MATTAWAN - For the second year in a row, the Mattawan Consolidated School District has received a silver award in the third annual Turnip the Beet, recently announced by the USDA. The award  recognizes the summer food service program that was put on by the district and its food service provider, Chartwells. “With everything we’re doing, we’re hoping for the gold this year,” said David R. Rose, FMP, Chef/Director of Dining Services, Chartwells School Dining Services, Mattawan Consolidated School.
    The Meet Up and Eat Up Summer Meal program, in its third year at the district, was held at Woodland Estates,  and served a daily average of  31.75 meals, up from 26.59 in 2018.
    “That’s 31 kids who might not have gotten a breakfast or lunch that day,” said Rose.
    Prior to the regular Aug. 20 meeting, the school board held a public hearing on the  annual  district breakfast.
    Rose told the board that over  31,000  breakfasts were served to Mattawan students during the past school year, with 27,000 of those meals offered as free or reduced. There were over 4,000 paid student breakfasts.
    Rose said the  federal government reimbursed the school district $60,000 this past year for those meals. Rose said although there is a small percentage of students who received free or reduced meals, “it has worked out well for our students.”
    In another area, the board approved  new hires Pete Campbell, Jonathan Schmitt, Jessica Trail, Cody Brewster, Amanda Huster, Elizabeth Loy and Lisa Waterson.
    The board also accepted resignations from Ashley Bailey and Rachel Lam.

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