Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 3/19/2019 - 6:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 9. 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 and approved that quarterly updates on the implementation of the adopted Resolution 1718R-004 as amended be brought to the Board.

The following update focuses on three areas: improving healthy menu choices, personnel, and communication and feedback.

Improving healthy menu choices
- Menu items were chosen with input from students and resulted in Milwaukee Board of School Directors approving contracts for food products. Food selection includes choosing products intentionally that meet United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and MPS nutritional standards, meet students’ taste test satisfaction, and remain within budget.
- Menus, USDA compliance, and nutritional value were reviewed with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
- School kitchen staff were provided professional development aimed to ensure meal quality and options.
- Staff are identifying products that meet nutritional need specifications for new healthier breakfast kits.
- MPS is expanding fresh fruit and hot options for Breakfast in the Classroom schools. This includes evaluating equipment and storage needs to accommodate this expansion. MPS purchased and distributed insulated breakfast bags to additional schools. MPS is surveying schools to ascertain available freezer and refrigerator space in addition to dry storage availability. This will be used to identify equipment and installation needs for hot breakfast and fruit expansion.

Developing Personnel
- In order to recruit and retain staff, shift lengths have been increased allowing for more benefit-eligible positions.
- Professional development has been redesigned/expanded to strengthen technical as well as leadership skills for kitchen manager positions.

Strengthening Communication and Feedback
- Taste tests were conducted at North Division and Greenfield Bilingual during this quarter. The product tested was well received and will be added to next year’s menu.
- The Department of Nutrition Services staff presented to the District Advisory Committee on March 7th. This provided nutrition staff an opportunity to engage with families concerning portion sizes, quality of the food served, nutritional choices and breakfast in the classroom.
- MPS launched an online feedback opportunity located on the MPS Lunch Menu page for students and the community in December 2018. In addition, posters highlighting this link were mailed to kitchens for display in the cafeteria. Feedback will be used to create an online frequently asked questions with answers and look for trends to assess necessary changes.
Fiscal Impact Statement:
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Renee Dudley - SNS Business Specialist
Signed By:
Martha Kreitzman - Chief Financial Officer
Signed By:
Christopher Hauser - Interim Deputy Superintendent
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent