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Cornerstone Super-Users

Cornerstone Super-Users

Cornerstone is the District’s cloud-based staff development software provider. Cornerstone helps the Food Service department engage, develop, and manage our staff. Cornerstone also minimizes business risk through targeted learning focused on compliance requirements. A super-user has the ability to upload content, schedule training for staff and run progress reports for the division. Jarred (mentioned earlier)…

New Technology in Food Services!

New Technology in Food Services!

At the start of the pandemic, it was the Training department’s idea (and subsequently executed plan) that took the Food Service Division to the next level by introducing virtual training and installing 250 webcams and speakers in all school kitchens. The Training Department was able to continually meet with and train our employees on COVID…

Meet the Field Coordinator

Meet the Field Coordinator

Eileen joined the School District of Philadelphia in 1998, and has served in various capacities within the Division during her tenure. Her experience, institutional knowledge, and leadership have supported growth and improvement over the years, allowing the Division to better serve students. Eileen leads a team of eleven Field Supervisors, and together, they bring over…

Meet the Field Supervisors

Meet the Field Supervisors

The Food Service Field Supervisors play an integral role in the successful operation of the Division. Their oversight and leadership evolve central office thoughts and ideas into everyday practice in the field. In addition, these supervisors have helped take the Division to the next level throughout their years of service, embracing change and supporting growth…

From Tickets and Clickers to Technology!

From Tickets and Clickers to Technology!

Student meal tickets and clickers became obsolete after 2005 when the Division rolled out a Point of Sale Accounting/Inventory System. Pin pads and scanners helped speed up the flow of students in the cafeteria, and made meal claiming a more straightforward process. Although the enormous shift in operations took time, energy, and patience at all…

Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and Meal Requirement Changes

Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and Meal Requirement Changes

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act introduced several new guidelines to assist school children in obtaining the nutrition they needed for healthy growth and development. Offering wholesome meals to the students wasn’t new to the Division, but meeting the regulations included with the improved nutrition standards was no easy feat. For the first time in more…

Community Eligibility Provision

Community Eligibility Provision

Implementation of the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) in the 2014-15 SY allowed all students in Philadelphia to receive breakfast, lunch, and after-school meals at no charge, regardless of family income. This welcome change not only ensured all students had access to healthy meals, but also eliminated the administrative burden of collecting paper applications and money…

Meet the Senior Vice President, Wayne Grasela

Meet the Senior Vice President, Wayne Grasela

Wayne joined the School District of Philadelphia in 1987 and has served as the Senior Vice President for the Division for 18 years. In this role, Wayne leads a team of professionals with a broad range of specialties, including registered dietitians, logistics, compliance, operations, mechanics, and training professionals. Through menu planning, food purchasing, food delivery,…

The Leadership Team’s Pandemic Pivots

The Leadership Team’s Pandemic Pivots

Amy Virus (far right), Manager of Administrative and Support Services, quickly shifted her team’s focus to sourcing and planning grab and go meals over the course of a weekend. Lisa Norton (far left), Manager of Operations, took the training department to the next level by introducing virtual training and installing 250 webcams and speakers in…

Grab-and-Go Meal Box Evolution

Grab-and-Go Meal Box Evolution

Last March, Food Service operations transitioned from in school meal service to grab-and-go meal sites over the course of a weekend. The drastic shift was an enormous feat to overcome and required tremendous teamwork behind the scenes. Cold storage in all school kitchens was stocked full of food that couldn’t be used and needed to…