Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 6/25/2020 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel
Type: Action
Subject: 16. Report with Possible Action on the MPS School Nutrition Program
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: Admin Policy 4.05 - School Nutrition Management
Attachments: Nutrition Report June 2020
MPS 2019-20 Breakfast Participation
File Attachment:
Nutrition Report June 2020.pdf
MPS 2019-20 Breakfast Participation.pdf
Background: On December 21, 2017, the Board adopted Resolution 1718R-004 as amended, regarding the MPS School Nutrition program and directed that quarterly updates on the implementation of the adopted Resolution be brought to the Board. In addition, on October 31, 2019, the Board adopted Resolution 1920R-002 as amended, regarding the MPS School Nutrition program and directed that annual updates on breakfast participation be brought to the Board.

A concern was raised that students arriving late to school were missing breakfast. Nutrition Services, School Administration and the school leaders have collaborated to ensure that breakfast is available for all late arriving students. Schools use various models to accommodate late arriving students. One model is locating grab and go breakfasts on a cart near the entrance of the building or near the attendance window. Another model is providing a pass to allow late arriving student to go to the cafeteria. Attached is a listing of MPS schools with Free and Reduced percentages above 70% and breakfast participation below 70%.

Overall we have received positive response to the new breakfast in the classroom menu, for example hot breakfast in the classroom has been popular.

Nutrition Services staff have been collaborating with various stakeholders to better understand how to meet students’ needs as it relates to school meals while still meeting required nutrition standards. This has included meeting with students, parents and community partners.

Nutrition Services continues to move forward in year one of a three-year process to remove artificial ingredients. We have reached out to manufactures to let them know of this initiative and asked for their support to reformulate their products.

Staffing continues to be a focus for Nutrition Services. Recruitment was placed on hold when the school closures first began in March. We are now beginning recruitment efforts again and will work with Human Resources on this effort. In addition, we are diversifying professional development by training on new topics and utilizing alternate techniques
Fiscal Impact Statement:
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: Your Committee reports having received the foregoing report. This was an informational item and no action was required.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer