Nutrition services

LPS Appoints New Director of Nutrition Services After Long-Time Director Retires | Education


Lincoln Public Schools on Thursday appointed a new head of nutrition services after the retirement of the longtime director of district meal operations.

LPS brought in Andrew Ashelford to lead the Department of Nutrition Services following Edith Zumwalt’s retirement after 31 years in the post.


Ashelford, who assumes his new role on July 1, is the Nutrition Services Supervisor at LPS, supervising 100 staff in 19 schools. It also oversees federal school lunch programs and regulations and coordinates the district’s fresh produce program budget.

Previously, he was a Clinical Dietitian at the Beatrice State Development Center and received his BSc in Dietetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.

LPS provided over 700,000 meals – breakfast and lunch – in the spring and summer of last year with the help of nearly 90 staff.

This year, LPS has provided more than 3 million lunches and nearly a million breakfasts to students, including those who are still learning at a distance.

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