Stay upLIFTed was created for you, the child nutrition professional, to provide you with a source of inspiration for keeping your nutrition initiatives in mind as you operate your programs this year. Here you can find all upLIFT materials, including ideas and resources from other Arizona child nutrition professionals to help you to Stay upLIFTed!
The monthly webinar series will provide content on relevant nutrition topics as well as spotlighting directors who will speak about their nutrition initiatives, current food service model, menu ideas, and tips and tricks to implement those initiatives in schools. These webinars are intended to provide you with real, applicable, and helpful information that you can use in your programs this year.
This educational resource will feature information on a specific nutrition topic that can be applied to school food service. The educational content of these fact sheets will match the content of the monthly webinar, when applicable.
On certain months, Stay upLIFTed will highlight one school food service director that is leading the way implementing best practices to serve nutritious meals through an efficient meal service operation and is making every effort to keep their nutrition initiatives alive. The Director Spotlight will include details about their personal endeavors and showcase the passion, hard work, and talents of these school nutrition professionals.
This resource breaks down exactly how Arizona school districts are able to pull together some of the beautiful and nutritious meals that we may see being served this year. It outlines everything from the food items, packaging, labor, and food safety considerations that went into the creation of these meals/components so that you have all the information you need to do the same!
The Research Rundowns are aimed at providing you with the most relevant information from research articles that may be applicable in the various situations you may encounter as you operate meal service this year.
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Chef Ann Foundation, Life Time Foundation, and Whole Kids Foundation! These organizations are part of the newly formed ScratchWorks Collective and are dedicated to improving the quality of school meals and love sharing their expertise with school nutrition professionals. These partners look forward to supporting 10 Arizona Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in a three-phase program to help operators regain their kitchens and menus as they recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chef Ann Foundation will kick-off this collaborative work by sending a culinary trained school food operational expert to each of the selected LEAs for a one-day on-site consultation to create a two-year plan with built-in mentoring designed to transform your kitchens, develop your staff, and take control of your finances to support the menu of your dreams.