A Welcome Message From Chartwells K12

Dear Parent(s),

Back to school is an exciting time for students and families, and we are thrilled to join you as we welcome you back to school and back to the cafe! Quakertown Community and Chartwells K12 are excited to introduce you and your student to our brand new partnership that includes a school cafe full of new flavors, events, and food and wellness education that surely to
inspire a healthy and fun 2022-23 school year!

New Menus and Cafe Spaces
Chartwells K12 chefs and dietitians have been hard at work testing and developing a fresh, new menu for the coming school year designed specifically for Quakertown Community students that includes a wide variety of healthy and delicious options. These menus were created using student input from surveys, tastings, and everyday conversations as well as local food trends, flavors and produce. The new menu includes:
• Greater use of enriched flour products this year, including all pastas and pizza crusts
• Implementing the Student Choice program, which will allow students to taste test and vote on menu items.
• Look for new, upscale lunch offerings in the Panther Cafe at the high school.
• Implement Mood Boost program in all Elementary and Middle Schools, which will introduce delicious new recipes to support healthy eating.

Fresh Produce and Local Partners
Infusing fresh and local flavors into the school menu is a priority for our chefs, and we are proud to support local farmers and companies, bringing students the freshest possible produce while supporting the Pennsylvania farmers. Local produce and products on the menu this year include:
• Hess Brothers Orchards-red delicious apples
• Leola Farms- tomatoes, broccoli
• Hogeland Farms-cucumbers

Mobile Menus are in Your Hands
We are excited to introduce you to Nutrislice, our powerful mobile and web app that brings the combination of the school menu, nutrition and allergen information right to the palm of your hand! In addition to nutrition information, Nutrislice tells the cafe menu story with real photos taken by Chartwells chefs in schools, full menu descriptions as well as cafe event information, nutrition education and food stories helping students connect the foods they eat in the cafe to its origins and health benefits.

Nutrislice is available online through smartphones from the web! Download the free Nutrislice App from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and search for your menus or find them on the web: www.nutrislice.quakertown.com (menus available in late August).

Simply Good & Chefs2Schools
All year long, students will have the opportunity to learn about healthier food options through fun and engaging activities planned in the school cafeteria. Simply Good has a culinary emphasis that focuses on healthier meal options, especially ones with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. In addition, students will have the opportunity to meet and engage with real Chartwells chefs through fun, exciting culinary demonstrations, and new food samplings. We will feature a variety of themes and events - look for more information on these special events coming soon.

From the Cafe to the Community
Chartwells K12 and Quakertown Community School District are excited to share new and continued community programs for the coming year, including our shared commitment to anti-bullying awareness and prevention. As part of this commitment, we are introducing anti-bullying training to all of our team members as well as sharing with students #JustStandUp!
#JustStandUp is our student and family focused social campaign that challenges students to stand up for those being bullied. The video was produced in collaboration with Hampton Creek and Prevent Child Abuse America and aimed at promoting positive social behaviors among students both live and in the digital space. Students will continue to see positive social behavior modeled and discussed throughout the cafe and for more information to support discussions with your child, please visit ChartwellsK12.com.

In addition to #JustStandUp, we are proud to share additional community activities and support, including:
• Supporting the Quakertown Food Pantry with monetary and food donations.
• Funding our annual District scholarship award.
• Supporting our District's athletic programs through grants and awards.

Best Regards,
Nii Tagoe
Foodservice Director
Chartwells K12

To learn more about Chartwells K12, visit www.ChartwellsK12.com.

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