ETHS staff appointed to state nutrition organization

Robin Opsahl, Assistant City Editor

Two nutrition services officials at Evanston Township High School were appointed to the Illinois School Nutrition Association board Tuesday.

Kim Minestra, ETHS director of Nutrition Services, will serve as president of the organization and assistant director of Nutrition Services, Emily Conti, will be ILSNA’s public relations committee co-chair. They will serve on the ILSNA board for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year.

At ETHS, Minestra and Conti manage child nutrition programs for elementary and middle schools in Evanston/Skokie School District 65. ETHS officials said in a news release that Minestra and Conti’s efforts on local food sourcing at ETHS will serve them well on the ILSNA board, which works toward getting Illinois schools healthy and Midwest-produced food.

Nutrition Services at ETHS employs more than 28 professionals who prepare 3,100 meals for high schoolers and 1,800 lunches for district elementary schools each school day. In addition to providing meals, the department headed initiatives for students to get involved in, including an organic garden and greenhouse and a student-employed smoothie stand.

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