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Live Well School Food Initiative

Cooking Up Delicious and Healthy School Meal Changes


We have great news to share! Cortez schools have partnered with LiveWell Colorado to cook up some healthy and nutritious changes to our school meal program.

LiveWell Colorado is a nonprofit organization committed to reducing obesity in our state
by promoting healthy eating and active living. One of its programs, the LiveWell@School Food Initiative, aims to ensure that all children in Colorado have access to and choose healthy food at school by 2022.

Over the next several years, we will be undertaking a multi-phase school meal assessment process, which will include culinary training, equipment purchases and much more. When we’re done, we will be serving our students (and staff) fresher, healthier meals prepared with more fresh, whole ingredients in our school kitchens every day.

Students will begin to see these changes as soon as this year. These will include:

1. Fresh produce purchased from local growers

2. Locally raised beef that is grass-fed and hormone free

3. More foods made from scratch, such as our homemade whole grain dinner rolls, chicken-fried rice, BBQ pork sandwiches, turkey and noodles, whole grain mac and cheese and more….

This process will not interrupt our regular meal service, and we will continue to serve meals that meet or exceed USDA regulations.

We are very excited about this journey, and we appreciate your support along the way We encourage you to get involved by spreading the good news, sharing your feedback and ideas and, perhaps, joining student food advisory team. For more information contact: Sandi Vanhoutean at: 970-565-5157, More information is also available on our website:


Recently Livewell Chef’s visited Mesa, Manaugh and Kemper Elementaries. They worked with the staff in each kitchen to prepare a tasty “Bean Salad” that the Chef’s sampled to the students during lunch hour. It was such a hit that we are including the recipe so you can enjoy it at home. Bon Apetit’

Lisa's Bean Salad

Journal Article: Cortez schools gain on goal for freshly cooked meals

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400 North Elm Street | Cortez, CO 81321 | Phone: 970.565.7522