We are Power Up Café

Credits: CFISD Cinema and Cy-Fair Nutrition Services.

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
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Julio Mendez
Assistant Director, Purchasing
[email protected]
Lisa Colbert, RD
Assistant Director, Nutrition
[email protected]
Suzy Hunter, MS
Assistant Director, Human Resources
[email protected]
Tanesa Cousin
Assistant Director of Logistics
[email protected]
Brent Trudeau
Executive Chef & Production Manager 
[email protected]
Chelsea Aitken, RD
[email protected]
Emmy Durand, MPH, RD
Nutrition Education Coordinator
[email protected]
Katie Barckholtz, MPH, RD, LD
Marketing and Special Diet Coordinator
[email protected]
Jackie Boonseethong
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Simone Espindola
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Jessica Hernandez, RD, LD
[email protected]
Priscilla Maldonado
[email protected] 
Becca Qian, RD, LD
[email protected]
Michelle Voelkel, MS, RD, LD
[email protected]

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