We are Power Up Café


Our Vision

Quality – Service - Accountability

The Nutrition Services Department is guided by three core values:

  1. We will provide a quality dining experience with a variety of nutritious options. Each menu item will be properly prepared and served in an appealing fashion. All menu items will be evaluated for nutritional content, taste, customer preference, regulatory compliance and financial affordability.

  2. Customer service will be a priority at all of our facilities. Everyone will be greeted with a smile and treated with respect.

  3. Accountability will be demonstrated by:
    1. Operating each facility efficiently.
    2. Complying with all regulations.
    3. Anticipating and responding to campus needs to support student education.

Our stakeholders include students, parents, employees, school staff, and taxpayers. These stakeholders deserve a quality nutrition services experience with excellent service that maintains accountability. We will deliver that experience.


About Us

The Nutrition Services Department is one of the largest support services departments in the District with over 1,200 employees. Our staff prepares and serves over 113,000 breakfasts and lunches daily, a total of about 20 million meals per year, at all 89 of our campuses.

In addition to our 89 campuses, our department operates a 50,000 square foot central production facility where food is sent out to the schools to prepare meals each day. Our production center prepares menu items such as chili, spaghetti sauce and taco meat from scratch, and bakes fresh whole grain rolls, cinnamon rolls and kolaches.

The Nutrition Services Department operates under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. These programs are administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) at the state level. All of our food and beverages served meet strict federal guidelines from the USDA and TDA. We employee several registered dietitians, food and nutrition professionals and staff that help ensure our meals meet these guidelines.

We are self-funded and do not receive funds from local property taxes. We receive federal reimbursement and earn revenue to paying for all of our departmental expenses.

We are PowerUp Café!


Food Production Center Contacts

Darin Crawford
Director, Food Service
281-897-4542
[email protected]

Julio Mendez
Assistant Director, Purchasing
281-897-4543
[email protected]

Lisa Colbert, RD
Assistant Director, Nutrition
281-897-4540
[email protected]

Suzy Hunter, MS
Assistant Director, Human Resources
281-897-3808
[email protected]

Brent Trudeau
Executive Chef & Production Manager 
281-897-4554
[email protected]

Chelsea Aitken, RD
Buyer
281-517-6552
[email protected]

Emmy Durand, MPH, RD
Nutrition Education Coordinator
281-807-8138
[email protected]

Katie Barckholtz, MPH, RD, LD
Marketing and Special Diet Coordinator
281-517-2031
[email protected]

FIELD SUPERVISORS

Mag Ayyad, RD, LD
281-897-1319
[email protected]

Jackie Boonseethong
281-897-4555
[email protected]

Tanesa Cousin
281-517-2177
[email protected]

Simone Espindola
281-897-4551
[email protected]

Dawn Ripstra
281-807-8929
[email protected]

Michelle Voelkel, MS, RD, LD
281-897-4545
[email protected]

Christina Zarzana, MS, RD, LD
281-517-2864
[email protected]

Physical Address
Cypress-Fairbanks Food Production Center
11355 Perry Road
Houston, TX 77064

Phone: 281-897-4535
Fax: 281-897-8130

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