Roxbury Public Schools Welcomes Whitsons School Nutrition as Food Service Partner

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Roxbury Public Schools is partnering with Whitsons School Nutrition to provide nutritious and delicious meals for the students at Roxbury schools for the year 2013-14.

Foodservice employee at Roxbury Public Schools attended Whitsons orientation

Foodservice employees at Roxbury Public Schools attended Whitsons orientation

We look forward to bringing Whitsons on board.

Whitsons School Nutrition is pleased to announce their new partnership with Roxbury Public Schools in New Jersey. As a family-run company, Whitsons understands the importance of working hand in hand with the Roxbury community in order to develop a strong nutrition program that will benefit both the school children and the entire community.

“We look forward to bringing Whitsons on board,” said Dr. Patrick Tierney, Roxbury Township School District Superintendent of Schools. “I have high expectations for the program.”

Whitsons’ business philosophy and culture are shaped by old fashioned family values. It was founded in 1979 by Elmer and Gina Whitcomb and handed down to their seven sons and two daughters. Today, the Whitcomb family remains actively involved in the company’s management and has been joined by an “extended family” of team members who share their vision and commitment to bringing the best in dining services to your schools. According to CEO Robert Whitcomb, “We see all of our team members as part of Whitsons’ extended family, and we are committed to supporting their growth both personally and professionally. Our unique spirit starts directly with the members of the Whitcomb family, whose family-oriented attitude has inspired a corporate-wide belief in teamwork, integrity and authenticity.”

The nutrition programs that will be served to Roxbury students will feature menus that are not only delicious and highly appealing to young people, but also nurture the health of growing bodies at every stage of development and meet all National School Lunch Program and state requirements. For the month of September, the high school menus will feature food court style fresh Italian specialties, made-to-order Boar’s Head sandwiches, delicious homestyle entrees, grab and go items and daily healthy options. The middle school will enjoy quesadillas and other Tex-Mex favorites, Italian specialties, hot entrees, grab and go items and daily healthy options. During the school year, the elementary school students can expect the visit of one of our award-winning Nutrition Safari characters who will teach the children about selecting healthy choices from each different food group for a well-balanced diet. In addition, Whitsons strives to develop partnerships with local farms and vendors in order to provide the freshest produce, whenever available and in season, while supporting the local community and the environment.

Leading the Roxbury team is Karen Lombardi, District Manager of Whitsons School Nutrition, covering public school accounts throughout New Jersey. Karen has over 19 years of experience in the foodservice industry, and throughout her career, she has held roles in both front of the line and administration, and is particularly well-versed in the opening transition of large districts. She will be in charge of leading the transition process.

Whitsons was formally approved by the Roxbury Board of Education to be the new foodservice provider for the district on Monday night. Last week, employees of the former foodservice provider attended an orientation, where they met with Whitsons leadership, learned more about the company and applied for positions {Picture attached}.


About Whitsons
Whitsons Culinary Group provides a wide range of highly customized dining services to public schools, corporations and institutions, with a strong focus on nutritious, high quality menus made from fresh, wholesome ingredients. Whitsons has a long and proud history of excellence and growth since 1979 and currently ranks the 18th largest dining company in the United States (Food Management magazine, September 2012). Whitsons’ scope of expertise and services extends to: emergency dining, residential and healthcare dining, prepared meals, and school dining and services.

About Roxbury Township School District
The Roxbury Township Public Schools, a dynamic and thriving district, in partnership with a supportive and collaborative community, inspires and empowers all learners to flourish as ethical and global citizens in the 21st century. Our vision: preparing the children of today for tomorrow. Join us on Facebook for updates on news and events.

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