Update from Food Services and Wellness: participation survey and adventure bites!

A Message from Food Services and Wellness

School menus are online

A graphic explaining the school menus can be found online

Elementary school menus were sent home in folders.  All school menus can be found online.

@BPSCentralKitchen now on social media
Central Kitchen Instagram

Food Services is now posting on Instagram and Facebook from the new Central Kitchen, telling the wonderful stories of change. Follow us today and you will see food preparation in progress, specialty salads being delivered to schools, and highlights of the program.

#goodfoodpromise  #realfoodmadewithlove   #cookingfromscratch   #adventurebite

Survey gives important feedback about change

More than 1,000 parents, staff and students took the Food Services Participation Survey in April giving us invaluable feedback for the program. Overall, survey takers relayed that they see the program moving in the right direction and taking positive steps to focus on and improve the food we serve our students. Click here for a summary of the biggest take-aways.

This spring, we have been developing new entree items to add to next year’s school menus. These will be prepared in the Central Kitchen and many include vegetarian/vegan options, which was a recurring request on the recent survey. We have been taste-testing some of these new items with our students and staff.  We are continuing to receive input on these items and what to name them. If you would like to take a peek at what’s being considered, click here.

Your participation in the food program is key to its success. Thank you in advance for trying out the new offerings in cafeterias in the next few weeks and next school year.

Students take adventure bites

Wade King Elementary School second graders (photo below) visited the Central Kitchen in April and taste-tested the new scratch-made burger patty and confetti salad, two menu items that will be served in fall 2019.  If students weren’t sure they’d like it, they were encouraged to take an adventure bite! Their feedback is important because, according to the recent survey, most families decide together whether they will eat school lunch.

Girl holds up vote for food she just tried

Chef Patrick to serve on national advisory board
The Institute of Child Nutrition recently established a School Nutrition Culinary Institute (SCNI) and has named a national advisory board for the new initiative. Executive Chef and Director of Food Services Patrick Durgan will serve on this newly formed board alongside 20 other culinary professionals that work with school nutrition programs. The advisory board will assist in the development of this program including curriculum schedule and content, career pathways, and education and outreach. Chef Patrick attended the first meetings on the University of Mississippi campus in March.

“I am so excited to join this board. With the opening of our Central Kitchen, and the development of new scratch-cooked menu items, being part of the national conversation keeps our district at the forefront of innovation and best practices in school nutrition.”

The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), part of the School of Applied Sciences at The University of Mississippi in Oxford, is the sole federally-funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and training, and technical assistance for child nutrition programs. More about ICN online…

Schools/families, put a team together today!
Parkview Elementary School PTA would like to challenge other school PTAs to participate in the Bellingham Bay Marathon Relay on Sept. 29, 2019. This is a chance to exercise and train together with your school community.

Parkview staff at marathon dressed as pandas
“This was just the best school spirit idea to get our families and staff active and moving throughout the spring and summer,” Parkview parent Alisson Bonner said, “and we just had the best time ever.” She encourages other school communities to come join the Parkview Pandas in the fun.

To register a team, click here.