Nutrition Cooperative

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What We Do

The Child Nutrition Cooperative works directly with school district food service personnel to offer training and support. We customize our services based on the needs of each district. The Nutrition Co-op services include but are not limited to:

  • Recipes – update, standardize, and credit current recipes. Introduce new recipes with an emphasis on whole foods and scratch cooking
  • Menu – assist in meeting meal pattern requirements and developing cycle menus
  • Production Records – create pre-filled production record templates for the cycle menu
  • Special Diets – work with parents, administrators, nurses, and food service staff to create a safe operating procedure for special dietary needs
  • Training – provide training to meet annual professional standards requirements; provide culinary training for school food service personnel
  • Grants – assist in locating and writing grant applications
  • Nutrition Education – support in providing additional resources to facilitate student education
  • Administrative Review – help preparing documentation for Administrative Reviews

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Who We Are

Meredith Arseneau, Child Nutrition Mentor

Meredith Arseneau joined ESD 113 after a 15-year career in school food services. She began her career working for a local school district in 2007. During that time, she grew her knowledge and passion for feeding students healthy and nutritious meals.

Meredith strives to serve and support students and food service staff. She continues to learn and share her passion with everyone she meets and looks forward to meeting you.

Margaret Garrett, Farm-to-School Coordinator

Margaret joined the Child Nutrition Cooperative team in 2024 as our farm-to-school coordinator. She helps local producers and school districts build connections.

Margaret brings nearly 40 years of experience as a chef to her role. Before joining the ESD, she worked as a food service director at Chimacum School District.

Partnering Districts

Districts that currently partner with the Child Nutrition Co-op are:

Testimonials

Adna Sd

The program has helped me develop confidence in my knowledge and understanding of childhood nutrition programs.  It has been so helpful to have someone to help with step-by-step processes and best practices on menu planning and annual food ordering.
—Wendy S., FS Director

McCleary SD

It is helping me learn from the ground up. Meredith is amazing and so patient with me. It has shown me things I have not known or learned in the time I have been the kitchen lead in my district.
—Lacey M., Kitchen Lead

I know this program would be beneficial to ALL schools as we maneuver through the ever-changing demands and requirements.   This program will help a small school meet and exceed the expectations of the CNP.
—Tiki W., Business Manager

Mossyrock SD 

This mentorship program has truly been such an incredible gift, not only to our district but to me personally. Meredith has taught me so much over the last few months. Her experience, knowledge, education, and demeanor have benefitted our program immensely. She’s talked me off the ledge on more than one occasion!!! The new equipment, paired with the training that we will soon have, will set us up for even greater success next year! The skills and knowledge that Meredith has imparted on me have made me a better FSD and a better person.
I cannot thank everyone enough for this opportunity!!!
—Kim C., FS Director

Pioneer SD

Meredith is wonderful to work with. She is very knowledgeable about the Child Nutrition Program and is gracious as she shares her knowledge. She is clearly passionate about the success of the schools and her ability to help. We have benefited from her support, being available off-site for questions and help, and when she is here with us, she helps us look outside the box and shares ideas. I would not want this mentor program to stop.
—Erin E., Kitchen Lead

White Pass SD

Cycle menus scare me, Meredith has helped me to learn how to use them so they are not so intimidating and how to use them to work with commodities to save our district money. Also, over Christmas vacation, when I was not using one and was sick with the flu, she helped to create a menu for the month of January for two schools. This was not something she had to do; she was just kind enough to want to help.
—Dawn Q., FS Supervisor

Join Us

For details on joining this cooperative, interested districts should contact Meredith Arseneau by email ([email protected]) or by phone at 360-908-3317.

Contact Us

Meredith Arseneau
Team Nutrition Mentor
360-908-3317