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School Nutrition Bulletin 1819 Special Edition #2

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

From the WI DPI School Nutrition Team (SNT)

  • 2019 Serving Up Science: The Path to Safe Food in Schools
  • School Breakfast Program Evaluation

2019 Serving Up Science: The Path to Safe Food in Schools

The Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs at Kansas State University, through a cooperative agreement with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Office of Food Safety will host Serving up Science: The Path to Safe Food in Schools, a one-week program designed especially for nutrition professionals from local school districts and state agencies. The purpose of this program is to help Child Nutrition professionals better understand the food system and the principles of food science that provide the basis for a strong food safety plan. The program develops leaders who can establish a food safety culture within school districts across the U.S. For more information, check out Kansas State’s Serving Up Science webpage.

The program is from June 10-14, 2019, in Manhattan, Kansas. If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please complete this short Google survey by Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

School Breakfast Program Evaluation

Have you ever stopped to consider if you are reaching all of the students you want to reach with your school breakfast program? Have you ever considered evaluating your current school breakfast program? If you make a change to your school breakfast program, it is important that you measure progress and see where things may need to be tweaked. USDA has a “Measuring School Breakfast Success” document that provides several suggested data sources to help you find out where your breakfast program stands.

Things to Consider: What is your goal participation rate? Are you at, below, or exceeding it? Have you considered Breakfast After the Bell? Or Breakfast in the Classroom? How might changing your breakfast model increase your participation? Higher participation means an increase in reimbursement. What could you do to improve your program with additional resources? Have you ever considered scratch cooking/baking? Do the parents of students in your school or district know what is on the breakfast menu and how it could help save them time in the morning?

USDA also has the “Evaluating School Breakfast Success” checklist that you can use to assess how well you are meeting your goals and objectives. Fill out the checklist and see how you are doing!

The School Nutrition Team is available and happy to talk through any changes you may be considering. We look forward to working with you!

- WI DPI School Nutrition Team

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

School Nutrition Bulletin 1819 Special Edition, 2/19/19 
This is a communication from the WI Department of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Team.
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