The following article is reproduced from the web site of Kellenberg Memorial High School.
by Brooke Federico
Oct. 21, 2021—CulinArt, the new company that Kellenberg has partnered with for its school lunch program, has improved the lunch service for this year’s renewed in-person lunch periods.
CulinArt offers a wide variety of foods from hot meals to snacks in the mini-market. The hot lunch section includes items such as pizza, chicken fingers, french fries, cheeseburgers, mozzarella sticks, sandwiches, salads, and even sushi.
The mini-market features snacks such as chips, candy, cereal, granola bars, yogurt, and more.
Drinks, offered in both the mini market and the hot meals counter, include, among others, cranberry juice, lemonade, iced tea, milk, water, orange juice, Gatorade.
The new CulinArt school lunch program offers a wider selection, faster service, and some tastier options.
Sophomore Valentina Papavero, who’s been attending Kellenberg since the 6th grade, says, “Between Latin school and high school the school lunches this year are by far the best.”
The payment for this service is also well controlled and efficient. It is under a program called MyKidsSpending and is offered to students to allow them to purchase items in the cafeteria from their student ID card which is with them at all times. To make a purchase, the ID is simply scanned by the person working at the register. Cash is also accepted; however, many find using their ID card easier. The ID card also allows the students’ purchases to be monitored by their parents.
As a daily lunch buyer, freshman Maria Contreras loves the cafeteria service. She said, “Using the ID card to pay speeds everything up. The first day the line was really long, but it moved really fast, so I was able to enjoy my Crispy Chicken Sandwich for lunch and still have my time with my friends.”
Sophomore Brooke Bowen, a pizza lover, looks forward to the CulinArt pizza, as she says, “Just about every day! Pizza, a granola bar, and a Brisk. It’s good food, and it fills me up. My lunch period is fourth period, so I don’t want to be feeling hungry at the end of the day.”
The Cafe remains open until 5 p.m. for students looking for a snack in the mini-market, or a place to do work or socialize.
CulinArt, based out of [Rye Brook], New York, is a complete dining service provider which serves 150-plus schools and businesses in 16 states.