It has recently been brought to my attention that there have been some complaints about the quantity and quality of food served at the HS posted on social media. These concerns have never been brought to the administration. There have also been some issues at the elementary, which we have addressed as they were brought to our attention in a timely and appropriate manner.
Many factors go into preparing lunch for several hundred people, first and foremost are the federal regulations that we must abide by in order to receive funding from the government for our food service program. The food service director is also required to have a safe-serve certification class every five years, along with 12 hours of professional learning yearly. Every food service employee is also required to undergo 4 hours of training each year.
Over the last several years our food service department has worked to improve the selection of food offered, an alternative, and an ever-growing salad bar to our everyday lunch offering. Each day students and staff members have the ability to order a wrap, which varies from week to week, instead of eating the regular entrée, plus have access to a full salad bar with fresh vegetables, and access to fresh fruit daily.
Our food service department also works closely with our family consumer science program, and takes input from the students within that program on how we can improve things or some meal ideas. One such example of this is serving chili and cinnamon rolls, which has happened several times in the last year.
Each year they also go to each of the 9th grade health classes and give a presentation on how we make menus and where our food comes from and highlight the regulations. Two questions always asked are 1- What is your favorite meal and least favorite meal. 2- Is there anything you can think of you would like to see on the menu.
Please also recall we sent out a survey last Spring to the HS kids and Elementary parents asking what they would like to see on the menus, what they liked and disliked, etc., Feedback to this survey was very sparse.
The decision has also been made that our food service manager will meet with the student council at the HS, so that they can be educated on what all goes into planning a menu, and give some input and feedback on the menu.
Have a great day, and as always:
It is Great to Be a Bearcat!!