Rodney Taylor is Changing up the Lunch Line at Fairfax County Public Schools
Rodney Taylor and Real Food for Kids share the belief that when kids eat better, they do better. Since being named Director of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) for FCPS in 2015, Taylor has been tossing aside old notions of pre-packaged, preservative-laden school food to introduce items that are fresh, local, and appealing to even the pickiest eaters, supporting the science that there’s a direct correlation between food, behavior and learning. And he’s just getting started. Here are some highlights:
Real Food for Kids Salad Bars have opened in five elementary schools (see related story above), with a total of 18 planned by the end of the school year. By 2020, all 142 FCPS elementary schools will have salad bars brimming with colorful fruits and vegetables beckoning students as they enter the cafeteria. Salad bars are compliant with the National School Lunch Program and can be chosen as a full meal or supplement to a hot entrée.
A Signature Line of salads and sandwiches was introduced over the summer and now provides FCPS employees with the opportunity to order affordable, high quality meals that are delivered to their school or central office location.
Pink Polystyrene is out and Environmentally Friendly is in. The pink lunch trays have been replaced with eco-friendly versions, reducing the school system’s carbon footprint and supporting a healthy planet on which all those great new fresh fruit and vegetables are grown.
Stay tuned to the RFFK Blog and social media for ongoing developments.