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Evanston Township High School’s Director of Nutrition Services Kim Minestra and Assistant Director of Nutrition Services Emily Conti have been appointed to the Illinois School Nutrition Association (ILSNA) Board for the 2015-16 school year. Ms. Minestra will serve as President of the association and Ms. Conti will serve as its Public Relations Committee Co-Chair.
The Nutrition Services Department at ETHS employs more than 28 food and nutrition professionals who prepare 600 breakfasts and 2,500 lunches each day. ETHS also prepares approximately 1,800 lunches daily for the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 elementary schools.
With a focus on nutrition and local food sourcing, each cafeteria at ETHS has a fresh fruit bar and fresh vegetable/salad bar that often include items from the high school’s student-maintained Edible Acre garden as well as its greenhouse. To date, ETHS has yielded more than 1.5 tons of local organic produce.
Other student-centered initiatives include the launch of a smoothie station in the high school’s main lobby in August 2015. The smoothie project, made possible by a grant from the Midwest Dairy Council, employs ETHS students to serve the popular dairy-based beverages to their peers before school.
As Board members of the ILSNA, Conti and Minestra are able to bring their expertise in managing child nutrition programs for ETHS and District 65 elementary schools to the ILSNA.