Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 9/18/2018 - 6:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 18. Quarterly 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
File Attachment:
Background: On December 21, 2017, the Board took action regarding the MPS School Nutrition program. The key elements of this action included limiting processed, high-sugar offerings, increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, maximizing the lunch period, and establishing regular communication mechanisms for continued feedback. The Board action also included quarterly reporting to the Board relative to providing updates on progress in these areas. The following is the third of the quarterly reports and focuses on three areas: Menu Enhancements, Meal Service, and Staffing.

Menu Enhancements
– Created a fresh, new lunch menu design to provide families with more information about the items served. In addition, the menu promotes “WI Wednesdays” featuring locally grown items.

– This school year, the partnership between Wisconsin’s own Amazing Grace Farm, a sixth-generation farm, and Maglio Companies, a fifth-generation produce company, will produce 15,000 pounds of fresh pico de gallo for the 2018-2019 Wisconsin Farm to School program for students' lunches in the Milwaukee Public Schools.

Meal Service
– To enhance the student dining experience, the new cutlery packets phased in last May, continue to get positive feedback from students.

– School Nutrition continues to work with Human Resources to aggressively recruit for the open food service manager trainee and food service assistant positions. As of September 6, there were approximately 175 open positions. As of September 10, 2018, there are 100 individuals currently going through the background checks and physicals.
Fiscal Impact Statement: N/A
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Tina Barkstrom - Director
Signed By:
Martha Kreitzman - Interim Chief Financial Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent