Food & Nutrition Services Fun Facts

40,000 Breakfast

meals served daily

50,000 Lunch

meals served daily

23,000 Pounds

of fresh produce by DPS Farms

Over 50%

of our meals are made from scratch

Something Good For Everyone!

Stephen Cochenour holds an unconventional position within Denver Public Schools (DPS). He runs a half-acre farm that sits on the grounds of Schmitt Elementary School. There, Farmer Stephen, as he’s known, grows cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini.

From seed to table, Cochenour’s produce never travels far. In partnership with Acres, a Warren Tech program, seedlings are grown in greenhouses, then transplanted in the farm at Schmitt. The plants grow in a field and the very day they are harvested, they are delivered to the DPS warehouse that distributes the fresh produce to school cafeterias.

Something Good For Everyone

Stephen Cochenour, Farmer

So far this year, the farm at Schmitt farm has produced 1,500 pounds of cherry tomatoes, 1,200 pounds of Roma tomatoes and 1,800 pounds of cucumbers – with harvesting still underway. The total for the season is unpredictable because many of the details are in the hands of Mother Nature.

Being in contact with the plants throughout the whole process guarantees high nutritional quality in the produce. In addition, the ability to harvest produce as close to peak of its maturity as possible offers better flavor compared to that which is picked early and shipped across the country. It makes a big difference, says Cochenour. “

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Pork Bibimbap Bowl

   30 mins to 1 hour

   Less than 10 mins

   Serves 4


  • 1 ½ lb cooked and shredded pork
  • ¼ C Korean BBQ sauce
  • 1 C shredded purple cabbage
  • 1C cucumbers cut into half moons
  • ¼ C shredded carrots
  • 1 lb brown rice
  • ¼ C cilantro
  • ¼ C fresh jalapenos, sliced into rounds


Warm meat, add sauce and stir to combine. Combine all vegetables except the cilantro and jalapenos. Prepare rice according to package instructions. In 4 bowls, add 1 C of rice, 3 ½ oz pork, ½ C vegetable mix, 2 t cilantro, and 3-4 slices of jalapenos.

Serve and enjoy.


What's New?

The 2019-2020 Free & Reduced Meal Application is now availabe for DPS families! Please click below.

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