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ScratchWorks is an organization founded in 2019 to promote cooking school meals from scratch by a collection of school nutrition professionals and nonprofit organizations with a commitment to improving K-12 foodservice. The founding members include six highly respected school foodservice directors and six supporting organizations. The founding school nutrition professionals are:
- Ann Cooper, director of food services for the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado;
- Robert Jaber, executive director of food & nutrition services for the District of Columbia Public Schools in Washington, DC;
- Amy Maclosky, director of food & nutrition services for the Arlington Public Schools in Virginia;
- Stephen O'Brien, director of strategic partnerships & policy for the New York City Department of Education Food & Nutrition Services;
- Anneliese Tanner, executive director of food services & warehouse operations for the Austin ISD in Texas; and
- Bertrand Weber, director of culinary & wellness services for the Minneapolis Public Schools in Minnesota.
Joining them are the following nonprofits: Brigaid, the Chef Ann Foundation, Harlem Children's Zone, Life Time Foundation, Wellness in the Schools and Whole Kids Foundation.
In this podcast interview, Mara Fleishman, CEO of the Chef Ann Foundation, talks about the organization, its goals and the initiatives it has undertaken both during the current coronavirus pandemic and its plans for the post-COVID environment.