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Q&A with Jennifer McFarland, Director of Food and Nutritional Services

Q&A with Jennifer McFarland, Director of Food and Nutritional Services
October 5, 2020

What led to the decision to switch to free lunches? The United States Department of Agriculture created a waiver that is nation-wide, so all schools in the country were able to hop on this assistance...

Meal assistance program helps families but should have clearer information

Meal assistance program helps families but should have clearer information
March 28, 2020

As schools and businesses close, many families are limited in ways to obtain food; however, the Carmel Clay School District was quick to assist via its meal assistance program. This program, which started...

New fire drill policy, Carmel revoted safest place to live in U.S., raises questions over how prepared students are for emergencies

Student Resource Officer Shane VanNatter directs buses and traffic in the morning. VanNatter said a crash could easily occur while the buses are exiting the school.
September 20, 2019

Known by some as the “Beverly Hills of the Midwest,” Carmel has been named time and time again as one of the safest places to live in America, most recently in August 2019. According to AreaVibes,...

Balancing Lunch: With schools suing Trump Administration over cafeteria menu, students, staff re-evaluate health, taste of school lunch

Sophomore Megan Lee purchases school breakfast in the morning. Although she said she brings her food from home when she wants to eat healthy, Lee also believes school food can be a good option sometimes.
May 23, 2019

While lunch is a part of day to relax and eat with friends, it is also a time to supply students’ bodies with the right nutrition. But what can and can’t be served has been the subject of controversy...

Smashmouth releases new dough and Smacker pizza bites this Thursday

Keeping suggestions from students in mind, cafeteria manager Holly Huepenbecker-Hull starts to plan next year's menu on a computer. As with every year, she would gladly accept any suggestions for menu additions.
March 23, 2019

Smashmouth pizza is set to release a thinner dough and new pizza bites coming this week. Thursday are the new expected release of the pizza bites that will consist of cheese, ham, and pepperoni. While...

Deli Dilemma: Students should be aware of deli meat’s negative effects

January 24, 2019

January means New Year’s and New Year’s resolutions, where the cliché resolution of eating healthier seems to be common. In our school, our cafeteria offers us a wide variety of lunch choices— some...

Forgotten Vegetarians: With March being National Nutrition Month, CHS should consider offering more vegetarian food options for students

Forgotten Vegetarians: With March being National Nutrition Month, CHS  should consider offering more vegetarian food options for students
March 23, 2018

Lunch is an integral part of our school day — we need to eat properly to function well and perform at our best. However, with a student body of over 5,000 students, we each have specific dietary needs...

EAT 317: Milktooth

Milktooth, 534 Virginia Avenue.
March 26, 2015

Editor's Note: Eat 317 is a new blog run by HiLite staff member Danny Goldberg that reviews local food options. Read Eat 317's inaugural post here. Oh where can I start with this beautiful establishment?...

New nutrition standards limit bake sales, fund-raisers

Cafeteria worker prepares food that adheres to new nutrition requirements. SARAH LIU / PHOTO
September 11, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ruled that all foods sold during the school day must meet certain nutrient standards. The rule also states food sold at bake sales must meet these standards...

New USDA regulations lead to changes in lunch menu items

COMPILED BY LIANNE YU AND AINING WANG
KARTHIK THADASINA, KYLE CRAWFORD / PHOTOS
September 13, 2013

CHS students may have noticed that there has been a wide range of changes in the lunch menu items this school year. Whether it is the change in taste, size, or nutritional value, these alterations are...

New lunch standards: lift on maximum limits on meats, grains

New lunch standards: lift on maximum limits on meats, grains
February 22, 2013

This semester, the school made changes to school lunches to make them more filling. The changes come by means of a revision to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act due to an appeal to the U.S. Department...

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