Team members of Columbus Middle School Food Service pose with the USDA Turnip The Beet certificate.

Columbus Public Schools  received high honors from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its summer meal program. 

This is the first year that CPS has been recognized with a "Turnip the Beet" award and is one of two summer meal sponsors in Nebraska to be recognized with the highest Gold Level honor.

Only 98 districts were recognized with Turnip the Beet awards nationwide. This award was created to showcase sponsors who are going above and beyond to ensure that children in their care are receiving high-quality meals that are both nutritious and appetizing.

Members of the CHS Food Service team pose with the Turnip The Beet certificate.

Columbus Public Schools serve lunch only during its summer meal program, which is free for children ages 1-18. In the summer of 2022, team members served more than 250 lunches per day between all in-person serving locations, including the High School, Middle School, and one Elementary.

According to the USDA’s awards announcement, winners showcased their excellence by serving a variety of vegetables and fruits throughout the week; serving whole grains and dairy products; and serving culturally-appropriate meals.