April 4, 2018
Wednesday April 4
Members Present: 17 members
John M Thomas
Updates from Chartwells
As a district we have about 15% of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, so we do not qualify for many government programs.
We can’t view Sysco’s food options as it would be a breach of contract. They won’t give public access to it. Chartwells has a strict shopping list that meets the criteria (USDA guidelines) for food they can order from Sysco.
Farm to School - produce we do get when in season and available
- Can we look at seasoning alternatives; sea salt, hot sauce, other condiments etc.
- it is already used in the cooking process and if we would offer extra we would go over the guidelines
Changes we would like to see now (1 month)
- Take highest sugar item from menu and remove it
- Apple Parfait was removed from menu K-6
- Can we impose a sugar cap for our district?
- No, because there are no guidelines to follow
- Can the committee develop sugar guidelines for the district to use?
- We are not using sugar as an additive
- Can we change the name of the fun lunch?
- No name change yet, coming next year
- Some of the options were changed
- All 3 options to be healthy
- Some of the options were changed
- 3 colors available on the salad bar
- Check on it, we feel that it has gotten better and are three colors
- Washing hands/sanitizing hands before lunch
- Discuss at building or with teacher
Changes we would like to see soon (1-3 months)
- Vegetarian options
- Increase more option in the last month
- Survey the families in the district x 3
- Pork no more than 1 time a week
- We only menu ham and pepperoni a couple times a month at the elementary level
- 1 healthy vegan option per day
- 1 of the three choices each day is a vegetarian choice, not necessarily a vegan option. We can work with a student to make it vegan if we know ahead of time
- Nutritional profiles of different meals that we serve
- Nutrislice website has this information
- You can download the APP as well
- We will work with Cathy V. at CO to make it more visible and advertise it more
- Can WGSD develop guidelines that are stricter than the smart food guidelines?
- What is the breakdown of participation rate at each particular school?
- Can we look at calorie count in total for each lunch
- On Nutrislice website
- Shift focus to whole foods/nutritional value of food
Changes we would like to see later (next year)
- Gardens at all 6 schools
- Chartwell supports it and we will explore it more
- Need to talk with buildings to get a garden created
- Grants to apply for
- Continue to explore opportunities, but many grants we don’t qualify for based on our student population
- Education for students about healthy eating
- Restrictions on food accounts might be a possibility
- Explore the possibility with our system, easier to address at the middle and high school levels
- More fruit and vegetable options
- Emphasis on legumes
- We menu them twice a month and have very low participation
- Food education in classes
March 28 - Whole grain sampling day - went well in all the schools
- Looking to possibly menu more
Veggie burger would be great to have
- Ala Carte item from Sysco, we have those items from Sysco
- Can possibly make it “home made” but is the labor greater than the participation?
Meatless Mondays - can we try?
- Might not be a Monday, but are trying this a couple times a month
Vaping/Juuling NCADA event - April 5 @ HIxson at 7:00pm
Survey ideas for the fall
- Get into small groups and create survey questions to turn in
- Consider having students complete surveys in addition to parents
- Questions will be compiled and a draft survey will be ready for our May meeting to look over
- Goal of the survey is to garner information that may help provide guidance/suggestions for the food services bid next year.
Possible Subgroups under this committee to start setting up for the Fall
- Staff wellness
- Student wellness
- Family wellness
Next meeting - May 10 6:00pm @ WGSD Service Center