WFISD food service company brings fresh produce during first year

WFISD food service company brings fresh produce during first year
Chartwells K12 brought fresh local produce in their first year performance.

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - The new food service company for Wichita Falls ISD is approaching its one year mark.

Having a wider selection of food is what some McNeil Middle School students, like Dominic Watson, said he enjoys most about his lunch.

"So that we can grow and be strong," Watson said.

This school year was Chartwells K12 first serving for WFISD.

Farai Sithole, the resident district manager for Chartwells K12 said one of their main goals was to bring fresh produce to the school district.

"One of the unique things that we've been able to do is to bring more fruits and vegetables through partnering with our local farmers," Sithole said.

Eating more fruits and vegetables is something the Athletic Coordinator, Jeff Moore said he wants his students to eat more of to perform better and since Chartwells K12 took over he said he's noticed the difference its made.

"The menu has improved immensely and the kids have a lot more choices on what they can eat so they are eating more off their plate and they are getting fewer snacks," Moore said.

Also this year, the food service company welcomed its food truck that was designed by a WFISD student.

Sithole said this truck has given them more catering opportunities. In fact, the food truck will help with an upcoming summer program.

"We came up with a plan and looked at some of the areas we know there is a need during the summer, and we've identified three sites where we're actually going to take the meals to the students," Sithole said.

To keep the kids safe, the company plans to stop in schools, some Wichita Falls apartment complex, and churches to deliver free meals to children under 18 who are in need.

Chartwells also welcomed an app for parents and students to see daily menus and rate their favorite entrees. To check out the menus via your desktop, click here.

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