School nutrition advocate from Scotland visits Roosevelt

Even with the partly cloudy weather, natural light still managed to shine through the large open-spaced cafeteria at Roosevelt High School. It was a great day for Alistair McIntyre, who serves as National Chair at Scotland’s ASSIST FM, to visit the campus on March 10. The association plays an important role in improving school nutrition in Scotland primary and secondary schools. North East ISD was chosen by the US Department of Agriculture to host McIntyre’s visit.

Executive Director of School Nutrition Services, Sharon Glosson, Director Louisa Kates, in addition to Roosevelt Cafeteria Manager Mary Lou Garcia, and Supervisor Sally Rojas, led McIntyre through the cafeteria and kitchen. Associate Superintendent for the Division of Operations, Ron Clary, and Barbara Matthews, School Operations Monitor for the Texas Department of Agriculture, were also on hand to answer any questions the school’s special guest may have. Serving an average of 1,700 lunch meals a day, the Roosevelt campus was the perfect location for a cafeteria tour. 

“This is a great opportunity for me to see how the American system works,” said McIntyre, as he enjoyed an Asian cuisine inspired lunch at Roosevelt. “My role with ASSIST back home is to try to guide authorities to better practices…I will use this experience to go back to talk to government offices and ministers to say, ‘This is what I saw. This is what happened. This is what is working.’”

“We were honored to host Mr. McIntyre today and showcase the fantastic meals that our students enjoy each day,” said Glosson. “It was very rewarding to hear how impressed he was with the scratch-cooked foods, variety of choices, use of technology, and friendly customer service.”

North East ISD was one of two districts that McIntyre had the opportunity to visit during his stay in San Antonio. While at NEISD, he quickly grew impressed with the amount of local goods coming in through the District’s supply chain. It is a big part of what the government in Scotland would like schools to implement in their meals. It truly comes down to a teamwork effort among all public school stakeholders. McIntyre left feeling optimistic and is looking forward to sharing his experience back at home in the United Kingdom. One can only hope the weather brightens up before his departure so he can catch a beautiful photo in front of the historic Alamo.    


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(L to R) Executive Director Sharon Glosson, Director Louisa Kates, Alistair McIntyre, and Barbara Matthews

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Sharon Glosson (left) and Louisa Kates (center) elaborate on School Nutrition Guidelines in the District.

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McIntyre enjoyed interacting with the dedicated student nutrition staff at the campus.

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Associate Superintendent Ron Clary compliments the fantastic school nutrition services staff in the District.

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Even with the special visit, Roosevelt student nutrition staff were hard at work in preparation for the upcoming lunch period.

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Hundreds of students fill up the cafeteria as Sharon Glosson, Barbara Matthews and Alistair McIntyre continue the cafeteria tour.

Posted on 03/10/2017