Ashelford named new LPS director of nutrition services

Lincoln Public Schools has named Andrew Ashelford its new director of nutrition services, effective July 1. Ashelford takes over for Edith Zumwalt, who is retiring after 31 years with LPS.

Ashelford currently serves as a nutrition services supervisor for LPS, a position he has held since 2012. In this role he supervises the foodservice operations at 19 schools, with 19 managers and roughly 100 employees. His other duties include monitoring the regulations of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, monitoring federal and local health codes, and coordinating the menu, operation, marketing and annual $700,000 budget of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

"We are thrilled to welcome Andrew to the Business Affairs Leadership Team,” said LPS Associate Superintendent for Business Affairs Liz Standish. “His experience in the district and passion for serving students will impact the LPS Nutrition Services Program well into the future. Andrew is a proven team leader who always pitches in to ensure students are nourished and ready to learn.”

Prior to joining LPS, Ashelford was a clinical dietitian at the Beatrice State Development Center. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

More information about Lincoln Public Schools Nutrition Services:

  • Lincoln Public Schools provided 721,693 meals (half breakfast and half lunch) during the spring and summer of 2020 when schools shut down.
  • LPS so far has served 3,165,825 lunches and 965,019 breakfast meals this school year. LPS also has served 11,111 remote learner lunches and 11,111 remote learner breakfasts.
  • There are 85 staff members who worked through the pandemic to make sure Lincoln children ages birth-18 had access to healthy meals from March until July 2020.

Published: May 13, 2021, Updated: May 13, 2021