The Tyler ISD Food Service Department is made up of 160 central office and campus employees who hold more than 2,500 years of combined experience in the school nutrition industry. But more importantly, this equates to 160 great big hearts full of love for Tyler ISD students!
Director Victor Olivares says Food Service employees serve 6,000 breakfasts and 12,000 lunches per day. From menu planning and purchasing in central office to slicing, dicing and preparing at the campus level, Food Service employees help provide healthy meals that ultimately help fuel students for success in the classrooms.
As you may have noticed, school breakfast and lunch menus look a little different these days. Federal regulations determine the amount of allowed salt, sugar and calories for each meal as well as the amount of required whole grains, fruits, vegetables and so forth. Central office staff and campus staff all work together to make sure federal requirements are met while providing the most nutritious and tasty tray items possible.
“One of my favorite things is going to campuses, especially the elementary schools, and seeing our staff prepare food as if they were preparing it for their own children,” Mr. Olivares said. “I also tell them all to take a moment to go out into the cafeteria to see the smiling students who are enjoying their food. I want our staff to know that they play a big role in helping to make those smiles.”