SOURCE: Chartwells-Thompson


April 23, 2012 11:30 ET

Chicago Public Schools Mark Earth Day With Special Menu

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Apr 23, 2012) - Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality, the major food provider for Chicago Public Schools, marked Earth Day 2012 by serving a menu that features sustainably raised fish and locally grown fruits and vegetables. The special menu included: Asian baked fish with lo mein noodles, a blend of locally grown peas and carrots and Michigan apples.

"In our planning to celebrate Earth Day 2012, we wanted to make sure that we offered students choices that are directly linked to improving the health of our planet, " said Katie Nowak, Regional Dietitian for Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality. "This is a perfect time to promote increased consumptions of fruits, vegetables and grains. Plant based foods require substantially less energy, land and water to produce, which is a great way to contribute to a more sustainable food supply."

Now in its 42nd year, Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd around the world. This year's Earth Day theme was Mobilize the Earth. According to Washington-based Earth Day Network (EDN), a collaboration of more than 22,000 partners in 192 countries, more than one billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year.

About Chartwells School Dining Services
Chartwells, a division of Charlotte, NC-based Compass Group provides dining services for over 550 public school districts and private schools, comprising over 6,000 separate elementary, middle and high schools nationwide. For more information about Chartwells School Dining Services, visit

About Thompson Hospitality
With over $370 million in revenue and 3300 employees, Thompson Hospitality is one of the largest minority owned businesses in the United States and the largest minority owned foodservice company in the world. For more information about Thompson Hospitality, visit

Contact Information

  • Jean Saunders
    Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality
    Ph: (773) 722-4964
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