Students say school cafeteria has variety

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM.

While a Crestview High cafeteria worker took a temperature reading from pizza on the school’s à la carte self-serve line, Haile said, “Food safety is very important,” noting that each school food service operation is inspected three times a year by state authorities “and they have to maintain an A rating each time.”

“We have to document everything to make sure we are abiding by the regulations,” Mims said.

Occasionally, Haile said, the district office receives a call from parents who say their children complained about their lunch’s variety or quality. Haile said he always encourages those parents to come to lunch at their child’s school.

“I invite them to come see what they are served,” Haile said. “I’ve never had a parent come back after they see what their child has to choose from.”

Last year in the Okaloosa County School District, Sodexo Education served more than 2.5 million lunches, Haile said. And his customers are noticing.

“Our lunches have greatly improved in the last three years,” Van Dyke said.

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