A former cafeteria manager took a stand in front of the Cherry Creek School Board Monday night. She says she was fired for giving food to students who didn’t have lunch money.
Della Curry said she had nothing to hide, and in her effort to back up that statement she gave CBS4 her personnel record as well as her termination letter.
A story first reported on CBS4 about a school kitchen manager who claims she was fired for feeding hungry kids is now grabbing headlines all over the world.
Della Curry is out of work, and unashamed, after being fired by the Cherry Creek School District.
A Colorado bill to spend about $5 million to put more local produce in school cafeterias has passed its first test at the Colorado Legislature.
School meals served now are likely unrecognizable to parents. Although the staples — pizza, hamburgers, chicken nuggets — remain, they’re joined by chorizo quesadillas, harvest sweet potato bakes and Asian crispy chicken bowls, just to name a few.
Auditors say Colorado’s school meal program forfeited $700,000 in federal dollars during four years because the money was never spent.
Even highly trained chefs deal with kid critics when it comes to lunch box offerings. The Executive Chef of Shaw’s Crab House in Chicago says use fresh ingredients and a little risk and you get fewer orders of pb&j this school year.
There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options. The challenge is getting children to eat them.
Thousands of foodies from across the country are in Denver this week. They’re crowding the Colorado Convention Center sampling healthy new options to decide what to serve in their school cafeterias.