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Weatherford Daily News 08/10/2016

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Hydro-Eakly students will return to new meal options
Hydro-Eakly students will
return to new meal options

A new menu with fresh, healthy meal options will be available at both Hinton and Hydro-Eakly Public Schools for the 2016-17 school year, thanks to the newly announced partnership between the school districts and Keystone Foodservice. Keystone Foodservice focuses on providing freshly prepared breakfast and lunch options for the students it serves. The Oklahoma-based and family-owned company serves approximately 35,000 students daily and has been selected as the cafeteria vendor for Hinton and Hydro-Eakly Public Schools. Keystone is the only K12 child nutrition provider operating in Oklahoma that is actually located and based in Oklahoma. “Keystone Foodservice prepares fresh meals for Oklahoma students like only a business located in Oklahoma and focused on the health of Oklahoma students would,” said Richard Brownen, superintendent of Hinton Public Schools. “Our district was impressed with such services as meats being seasoned by hand and Keystone staff personally

ensuring produce and fruit are fresh and high quality. You don’t get that level of attention and dedication from a company based in another state. We expect our students, teachers and staff are going to be excited this year to eat meals provided by Keystone,” said Hydro- Eakly Superintendent Bill Derryberry. Keystone will begin serving breakfast and lunch to the students at Hinton and Hydro-Eakly when students return for the start of classes. Lunch includes a full salad bar, stocked daily with fresh fruits and vegetables. Free and reduced prices are available for students who qualify. “Our goal is to provide healthy meals that kids will eat and enjoy and we know that variety is key to that,” said Josh Sanders, CEO for Keystone Foodservice. “We listen to our kids and their parents and are always introducing new foods throughout the school year.” Some of the menu options area students can expect to see include homemade chicken enchiladas, honey-baked ham and freshly made lasagna and pizzas. Main courses will be accompanied by nutritious offerings like freshly steamed

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Hydro resident and someone instrumental in the NASA shuttle program, Gilbert Carman, holds the SWOSU President’s Award of Merit presented to him last year in the Hydro-Eakly cafeteria.

vegetables. “Kids who eat balanced and nutritious meals do better in school. Research clearly shows that, so we take our role in helping local students achieve at the highest levels very seriously,” Sanders said. Keystone got its start providing meal service at fraternity and sorority houses on college campuses in Norman and Stillwater. Its operations have steadily grown and this school year it is serving

more than 80 school districts across Oklahoma. “We are proud to partner with Hinton and Hydro-Eakly Public Schools, and we are grateful to their school boards and administrations for their willingness to try something new to benefit the kids they serve,” said Sanders. “We are already getting great feedback and look forward to cooking up great meals for the kids in these communities day in and day out.”

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