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February 2018


Changes are rolling onto campuses throughout the Kern High School District (KHSD) with a pilot program for meal and snack options. KHSD Food Services had food carts designed and stocked with everything students would find in the cafeteria.


"It makes it simpler and easier for the students to get their breakfast here instead of going all the way to the cafeteria so they can get to class on time. Buses sometimes run late depending on the fog and the traffic." - Lynn McGee, Assistant Director of Student Wellness and Smart Snacks, KHSD


The cart upgrades include a fully functioning computer system, branding with campus-specific logos and colors, and bricks for ice that keep food cold and plates that keep food hot. Griselda Briseno is a senior at Shafter High School and says this is a really nice way to get her day started. On this particular morning, she chose a cinnamon bun, milk, and an orange to enjoy right off the food cart. Ethan Gutierrez is a freshman at Shafter High School and says he uses the food cart almost every day.


"I like it because it’s a lot closer than just going all the way through the cafeteria. It has all the same stuff, and all the food is really good." - Ethan Gutierrez, Shafter High School Student


Gutierrez is also proud that his campus is one of the first in the KHSD to have the cart.


"Great things continue to happen at Shafter. This is one more example of the things that we do to continue with our Shafter Pride and all that we do with our kids, and this is one more opportunity to provide them with a meal in the morning to help them get their day started." - Russell Shipley, Principal, Shafter High School


McGee says this has been a great opportunity to serve the students and they are seeing an increase in the number of students participating in the breakfast program due to the ease and efficiency of the new carts.


"We know breakfast is the most important meal for the students to support their education and them in their endeavors to graduate from high school." - Lynn McGee, Assistant Director of Student Wellness and Smart Snacks, KHSD


The Regional Occupational Center also has a food cart students and staff are enjoying. Plans to apply for grants to expand the innovative program to every campus in the KHSD are in full swing.


December 2017


LCAP Advisory student leaders from the KHSD were treated to a special taste test while providing valuable input on what will appear on school site menus in the coming years. The Food Services department prepared items such as chicken drumsticks, mac & cheese, and presented muffins, pizza, and cookies for the students to evaluate. Food Services Director Lynn McGee discussed the importance of providing nutritional food choices and asked the students to rate the foods. During the taste testing and ratings, students had the opportunity to ask Ms. McGee questions about the various items.


Natalia Martin, an Independence High School student, was excited to take part in an event like this and has waited for an opportunity to share her thoughts about food for awhile. She was especially fond of the mac & cheese entree. Colin Stikes, a student at Stockdale High School, appreciated the opportunity to have his voice heard, saying he felt like administrators care about what students want to see in the cafeteria. He especially enjoyed the drumsticks


KHSD Superintendent Dr. Bryon Schaefer joined students for the tasting, as well as a nutrition lesson, wellness discussion, and information about the various meal programs, federal regulations, and smart snacks offered by Food Services on our campuses. LCAP Advisory students meet quarterly to share their comments and concerns about programs while learning about services offered by the district so they can share that information with others at their individual school sites. The students’ opinions were appreciated and based on the positive responses, students will be able to enjoy chicken drumsticks, mac & cheese, and muffins in the future.

Spotlight on Frontier Food Service Employee, Thelma Reed

March/April 2016




Thelma Reed has been serving students with a smile in the Kern High School District (KHSD) for five years in Food Services at Frontier High School (FRHS). Her warm grin and bubbly personality make her a favorite on the food lines at FRHS, where she enjoys the company of her fellow employees and the students she serves.


"I might be the only smile these kids see, so I want to let them know that somebody cares and to be a bright spot for them every day." - Thelma Reed, Food Services, FRHS


"Her heart makes her standout and she wants to be here. She has a way of making people feel good about themselves. She supports students, promotes a safe environment, and has a special connection with these kids." – Lynn McGee, Director of Food Services


Reed is a cancer survivor who chooses to stay positive so others may be inspired by her story. Besides her job in Food Services, she is also a crossing guard. She considers all the students as her grandkids.

"I love my job. My only regret is that I didn’t start doing this 30 years ago!" 


May 22, 2015

The Kern High School District Food Services Department and the Central Kitchen staff participated in the 2015 Keep California Beautiful, The Great American Clean Up/K-12 Recycling Challenge. 


“The Central Kitchen staff separated the cans to keep them from the land fill in the month of March, and have continued their efforts by also starting to recycle cardboard boxes.” – Lynn McGee,

Director of Food Services, KHSD 







The group took third place in the category of metal cans, and received certificates of recognition from the State of California, Jean Fuller, Senator 16th District, and the Kern County Board of Supervisors, for exemplary public service and civic contributions to the community and Kern County. 








April 24, 2015


The Kern High School District (KHSD) is excited to announce a new, no cost dinner program, serving the needs of students on several campuses. 

The nutritious dinner menu includes milk, bread or grain, meat or meat alternative, and two servings of fruits or vegetables. Each participating campus will have dinner serving times between 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the school cafeteria. 


“This is really nice of the school to do this. After practice we have worked up quite an appetite and smelling that food makes you hungry!” – Favian Trujillo, 10th grade 


Shafter High School is the latest KHSD site to add the dinner program and is currently serving about 150 dinners per evening, three nights a week. This is a free meal for all students on campus, participating in an afterschool educational or enrichment program. 

“We are excited to offer this to our students. So many are busy late into the day with athletics, activities and tutoring. This is one more opportunity for them to be successful.” – Russell Shipley, Principal, Shafter High School 

Dinners are now offered as part of the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program, under the Child and Adult Care Food Program. It provides federal funds to afterschool programs to serve a nutritious meal to children age 18 and under during the school year. 


“Well-nourished children have more energy for focusing on homework, engaging with their peers, and participating in physical and enrichment activities. Providing healthy food after school, allows children to be fully engaged in their afterschool program.” – Lynn McGee, Director of Food Services, KHSD. 

 The KHSD Dinner Program began March 1st, 2015. There are plans to expand the program, but school sites currently participating include Arvin High School, Bakersfield High School, East Bakersfield High School, Foothill High School, South High School, Shafter High School, and West High School.

SOUTH HIGH COOKIE GURU, Juanita Grissom-Peoples

December 23, 2014


Original Story | KGET 17 December, 19, 2014

Cafeteria lady serves food and a smile to students at South High School

BAKERSFIELD, CA.-Ms. Juanita Grissom-Peoples has been serving South High students for almost 22 years. Her kitchen is always open. She never wants a student searching for food like she once saw one young man doing.

“He was digging in the trash can for more food and that hurted my heart,”said Ms. Juanita. “So I told him don’t ever do that. If you’re hungry come to me and let me know. He said well I don’t have any food, so we got to a point where the kids that didn’t want their food would leave it on the table and I would pack it up.”


She packs up meals complete with oatmeal raisin cookies that the students love. But the sweetness they get from her isn’t just in plastic wrap.


“She really does care for every student here. She makes sure everyone is healthy and taken care of and she is like that family figure that everyone could have when they’re at school,” 

– Karina Ramirez, South High Student     

Ms. Juanita has a hard time counting all the students she’s served. “I have students that went to the service or whatever and they send me postcards and then they would come and visit me and say look Ms. Juanita, this is my family. "Your family?” Ms. Juanita questions.  “So they bring they students up to meet me and they tell their children this is Ms. Juanita, this is the one fed me so when you get ready to go to school you go to Ms. Juanita.”  She counts her years at South by the generations of families she’s served. Even her own. “I started here in ’93, my oldest child graduated from here in ’93. Now my second oldest grandchild is a junior here.”


Ms. Juanita says she’ll be in the South high kitchen “”til the lord says different. I love my job so when its time to retire this is where I’ll come from.” Ms. Juanita shared her cookie recipe with 17 News and it is listed below. But be warned–the recipe is for 354 cookies! 


     Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

     Number of Portions: 354


     Butter with salt  3 LB

     Shortening        6 LB

     Granulated sugar 14 LB

     Vanilla extract 1/2 cup

     Eggs               2 LB

     Applesauce     1 LB

     Honey             2 LB

     Water             2 cups 

     Wheat flour     6 LB 

     White all-purpose flour  8 OZ

     Leavening Agents, Baking Soda  6 OZ

     Ground Allspice  1 1/2 OZ

     Ground Cinnamon 1 1/2 OZ

     Table salt        3 OZ

     Oats               9 LB

     Seedless Raisins 4 LB 


     Set oven to 310 degrees.

  • Combine butter, shortening and sugar. Add eggs. Blend well. Thoroughly dissolve honey and applesauce in water. Slowly continue to mix. Add dry ingredients to the above mixture and continue to mix. 
  • Add oats and raisins to the mixture. Mix well so there are no lumps of shortening in the bottom of the bowl.
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes.


December 20, 2014


Original Story | December, 19, 2014 Author: Lesley Marin

Kern High School District rolls out digital lunch program to make lunch lines shorter for students

 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Kern High School District has rolled out a new digital lunch program to help students make it through the lunch line quicker.  

The program, which started this year at all Kern County high schools, aims to cut lines while allowing students to have more time eating and socializing with friends. 

“If we could implement a new program that would help them get through the lines faster we could get them to participate in lunch and still be able to have time to socialize, because that’s important for them,” said Lynn McGee, Director of Food Services for the Kern High School District. 

In the past students said they would opt out of lunch because of the long lines. 

“I swim in the spring,” said GVHS senior Taylor Reece. “So when I don’t eat lunch it really depletes your energy.”

The new system allows students to use a quick pin code to buy lunch and access balances. Parents can also access, complete and submit meal applications for students online. 

“In the past they use to have to use their ID cards and now when they come through they actually just have to have their pin code. So they’re not fumbling to have cards and it doesn’t take as much time,” said McGee. 

The district is also hoping to educate students on taking advantage of their breakfast program. 

Golden Valley serves about 1,200 lunches a day but only a little over 200 students participate in the breakfast program. 

“It’s very simple for students to come through and get a nutritious breakfast and start their day out strong,” said Principal of GVHS Paul Helmen. 

Breakfast is only $1.50 for students. 


November 12, 2014

Nueva Continuation High School recently organized and hosted a Health Fair.

 The Leadership students greeted guests as they arrived on campus and helped presenters set up their individual stations. More than one hundred Nueva students participated by visiting booths, asking questions, and receiving valuable health and community information.


 “Health fairs are designed to increase understanding of available health care and health promotion resources in the local communities of Arvin and Lamont. Many of our students come to us with backgrounds that don’t always provide the resources and information necessary for them to lead healthy lives or where to go for health related questions.” – Mark Weir, Nueva Site Administrator

Groups in attendance included, KHSD Food Services, Kern County Suicide Prevention, Hoffman Hospice, Lamont Sherriff Sub Station, Action Family Counseling, Clinica Sierra Vista, Kern County Crime Prevention and Kern County Donate Life.

Besides promoting health awareness, there were several goals for this new event at Nueva. 

“We wanted to show young people how they can utilize, and gain access, to local community resources and to encourage collaboration among private, voluntary and government sectors. We also strive to encourage our students to assume responsibility for health choices by developing a personal wellness plan for maximizing health and longevity, and to use health screening information for early disease detection and to increase understanding of how the body functions.” – Mark Weir, Nueva Site Administrator

 The Health Fair was such a success, there will be another one in the spring. There are also plans to make this an annual event for students and staff at Nueva Continuation High School.


November 4, 2014


Original Story | ABC 23 KERO

1500 after school snacks are served daily at six comprehensive sites in the Kern High School District. This program is expanding, with the hopes of offering the snacks at all comprehensive sites this year.

After school snacks provide children with nutrition and enhance their learning abilities by contributing to their physical and mental well-being. Studies have shown that children whose nutritional needs are met, have fewer attendance and discipline problems and are more attentive to learning.


KHSD after school snacks contain at least two different components of the following four: a serving of milk; a serving of meat or meat alternate; a serving of vegetables or fruits or full strength vegetable or fruit juice; a serving of whole grain or enriched bread or cereal. 


October 23, 2014


Students and staff from the Kern High School District are spreading the word about nutrition.

An informational outreach booth was set up recently at the Greenfield Family Resource Center on Monitor Street, as part of the Greenfield Collaborative HELPS partners Annual Open House.

The Kern High School District booth was geared towards parents, students and families with current or prospective high school students. Free wrapped samples of pumpkin cake made for the event by KHSD Foods Services were shared with the community, along with advice on healthy eating and study habits.

A pumpkin trivia game was the highlight of the event for many students who stopped by. Winners were able to take their own pumpkins home, which were donated by local farmers.

Golden Valley student Daisy Arechiga , Felisa Patino, our Student Outreach Resource and Lynn McGee Director of Food Services for KHSD were on hand to run the booth, meet with families and answer questions from the public.