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The school menu at Altoona is getting a major upgrade thanks to Taher. Gone are the days of “frozen and canned” meals as the school district experiences what a truly chef driven food service management solution can do.
“Splashes of strawberry red and savory greens popped out against white trays as students flowed through the lunch line at Altoona High School and shuffled to open seats in the cafeteria.
Fresh fruit and salad paired well with the hot lunch offerings of made-from-scratch Italian chicken with pasta and green beans flavored with garlic.
A sharp turn from the “frozen and canned” meals that 16-year-old junior Savana Benitez remembers from last year, freshman students, upperclassmen who served as their mentors and other staff sampled lunch Tuesday from Taher, the school district’s new food service provider.
A chef-based food service management company based in Minnesota, Taher was recently hired by the district as its food service provider and began serving students for the first time on Tuesday.
“It’s a lot better,” said freshman Dane Engstrom, 14, who returned to school Tuesday along with the rest of the freshman class. All students return to school today.
Taher sources its food locally, and chefs onsite prepare the meals from scratch. At least three meal options will be available daily to students and staff at the high school.”