Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) in northwestern Lower Michigan is taking applications for a new food service director for its approximately 10,000-student school system. TCAPS' job description includes making farm to school purchasing—purchasing and serving food grown by local farmers—a priority. All food service programming also must be financially sustainable.
TCAPS is located in a diverse agricultural region of Michigan and is working with numerous community partners to help build the region's local food economy and to bring healthy, locally grown foods to the plates of its students. The duties within its job description include:
- Oversee the implementation of Farm-to School model by finding innovative ways to keep the school lunch program supplied with fresh, seasonal, sustainably grown produce and products, by building positive partnerships
- Oversee menu planning consistent with state and federal guidelines with an emphasis on the use of seasonal, regional, and sustainable food products.
- Use seasonal, regional, and sustainably produced food products, to the greatest degree possible, with an emphasis on foods prepared from scratch in district.
Please spread the word. Go here for more information and to fill out the application: http://www.tcaps.net/HumanResourcesEmployment/JOBSOnlineApplication/tabid/1983/Default.aspx
J Robert Sirrine, Ph.D.
Community Food Systems Educator, Greening Michigan Institute
Affiliate, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
Michigan State University Extension
St. 107, 8527 E Gov Center Dr.
Suttons Bay, MI 49682