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A FRESH take on School Food in Fauquier County!

Fresh produce options are making their way onto our students’ breakfast and lunch trays.  The FRESH Chef, in partnership with the FCPS Director of Nutrition, is providing on-going culinary training and recipe development resulting in seasonal menu items and healthy and delicious choices. Positive messaging and fun promotions that revolve around nutritious food choices will echo throughout the school community. Nutrition lessons and multi-departmental collaborative school projects will contribute to the school-wide discussion about creating and maintaining healthy habits.

2017/2018 School Year

  • New fresh produce items on the menu
  • Taste testing opportunities to expose/introduce students to new recipes
  • New Recipes
  • Seasonal Produce themes
  • Food Explorer Program
  • Virginia Extension and Master Gardener, and guest food producers and growers will visit schools to enforce the community connection with food


Delicious, Healthy
Options for Lunch!

The FCPS FRESH & School Nutrition Programs have partnered to make a variety of salads available as options for students to purchase at lunch time. Debbie Hansen (FCPS Menu Planner) developed a set of mouthwatering recipes that fit the USDA guidelines for nutrient requirements & Natalie Ortiz (FRESH CHEF) held a series of skills & presentation trainings for salad & produce prep staff from all school cafeterias. Special guest co-trainers from Warrenton Middle School, Adrienne Blackwell (Lead Cook) & Laura Henson (salad & fresh produce prep staff member), shared tips for freshness, flavor, & encouraged students to try something new. Chicken Caesar Pasta, Southwest Chicken Salad, Caprese Salad, Chicken BLT Pasta, & options for Chef Salads are included in the variety; however, selections may vary by school. Please contact your student’s school cafeteria manager to learn about which delicious options are available!


Looking for a healthy snack to prepare with your kids? These recipes are perfect for families looking to stay away from pre-made and processed snacks.  Teaching your children how to cook healthy food will benefit them for years to come – maybe they’ll even start cooking for the family on occasion!