The transition officially begins as Bay District Schools change over to Chartwells School Dining to privately run food services. Monday, food service managers are taking on the first of the training.
At the top of the agenda Monday, teaching the new USDA guidelines, something the company says it strives to stay on top of.
About a week ago, around 120 food service employees officially resigned with the District and reapplied for their job to work under Chartwells School Dining, the private company guaranteeing the district about 750 thousand dollars a year back.
Monday, the managers gathered for the first of their training with Chartwells, discussing, among many things, new USDA guidelines. Some of the new guidelines include new grade groups, new menu planning methods, and new reimbursable portion sizes.
The employees had the opportunity to test some of their new knowledge in group activities.
The newly hired district manager, Julio Narvaez, who will be the liaison between the company and the schools says he thinks this will be a positive transition. "It's definitely going to be a great transition. My hope is that Bay County will allow us to show basically what we can do from a company standpoint, bringing nutritious meal, taking care of our kids in the community."