New food service director wants to continue momentum

Lynn Large said previous directors of food service at the Marshalltown Community School District have led the program in the right direction.

She said she hopes to continue that work as she prepares for the new school year.

Large, who lives in Melbourne, took over for the retired Vickie McVey to lead food operations in the district earlier this month. She arrived from the Ankeny School District where she held a similar role. She is also a former Hy-Vee dietician from Windsor Heights.

“Marshalltown has an outstanding food service operation,” Large said. ” I want to continue to provide excellent customer service and also the highest quality nutrition as possible.”

Marshalltown food service received a big recognition last spring when Anson Elementary School received a gold award as a Healthier U.S. School as part of its exercise and healthy eating program.

“I’d love to work with other schools in the district to see if we can get them on board,” Large said.

She said school nutrition is especially important in a district like Marshalltown with its poverty level.

“Students really need nutrition at schools because they might not get that at home,” Large said.

Large is a last name familiar to the district. Lynn married Miller Middle School Principal Jacy Large in April.

“We’re both passionate about students and serving the community,” Large said.

She grew up on a farm in Redfield and received her dietitian degree from Iowa State University. Large is being paid an annual salary of $63,000.