RE-8 food support to continue through winter break

Steve Smith
ssmith@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 12/14/20

Chartwells Food Service, the food provider for the Weld Re-8 School District, announced it would continue its food distribution plans through winter break. There will be two locations, one at the …

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RE-8 food support to continue through winter break

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Chartwells Food Service, the food provider for the Weld Re-8 School District, announced it would continue its food distribution plans through winter break.

There will be two locations, one at the Serafin Bachicha Recreation Center, across the street from Fort Lupton High School on Reynolds Street, and one at Twombly Elementary School. The food distribution plan that was in place during the early stages of the pandemic served 88 meals and provided bused food service to areas within the district.

That was part of a presentation by the foodservice outfit to the board during a virtual workshop session on Dec. 10. Meals vary according to grade level. But company officials said available foodstuffs would include more whole grains and more fruits and vegetables. There’s also a focus on fat-free and low-fat milk and baked food rather than fried.

Traci Berg, the district manager for Chartwells, outlined some of the firm’s ideas to make food fun for students.

“We want to try to introduce new food options that they may not have tried,” she said. “We’ve done ‘Doughnuts with Dad’ and ‘Muffins with mom’ as a way to get parents back into the school.”

There wasn’t as much discussion about what’s available for breakfast. Betsy Myers, the regional dietician for Chartwells, said it would put more attention to breakfast choices.

“We haven’t focused on breakfast because of the feedback from our principals’ survey,” she told the board. “Breakfast is served to all kids up to age 18 because we are doing a community feed at this point.”

In other business, Fort Lupton Public & School Library Director Sara Frank outlined her board’s desire to relocate to a plot of land in Vincent Village, near state Highway 52 and Rollie Avenue. 

The

cost is $738,000 for 1.69 acres of land.

“It’s the smallest piece, but it’s in the middle of the price range,” she told the board. “It accommodates our design plans. There is less outdoor space, but there is parking.”

The city owns the property. Frank said the library cannot own property “right now.”

At one point, there was a discussion about moving the library across Denver Avenue from its present location. But Frank told the board the developer of the land in Vincent Village also wanted to build apartments across from the present library location.

Board member Cody LeBlanc didn’t see a need to relocate the library.

“It’s not a fiscally responsible decision,” he said. “I want to make sure we make the right directive for the district. I wouldn’t like to see a contract come before us until we get more information.”

Frank said other libraries in the High Plains district spent their proceeds from a 1999 mill levy election.

“We’ve been sitting on our money until the right time,” Frank said.

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