Monday, March 8, 2021
During National School Breakfast Week, MPS celebrates its very own Department of Nutrition services. In a typical school year, MPS food service heroes are responsible for planning, preparing, and distributing breakfast and lunch to students every day. Due to virtual learning this school year, the nutrition team has regrouped and reorganized to offer children’s meals for families to pick up—including dinner. The team provides meals every school day at 50 Stop, Grab, and Go sites.
The Department of Nutrition Services kicked off National School Breakfast Week on Monday, March 8, with a special breakfast food bundle and activity sheets at Stop, Grab, and Go locations. The meal bundle contained breakfast, a breakfast-for-lunch meal including pancakes with syrup, a turkey sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast scramble, roasted potatoes, orange juice, and a strawberry fruit cup. Students also received dinner in their meal bundle.
For more than a year, MPS Nutrition Services has been working with Lifetime Foundation to support student health by eliminating the “harmful seven” food ingredients from school meals: trans fats and hydrogenated oils; high-fructose corn syrup; hormones and antibiotics; processed and artificial sweeteners; artificial colors and flavors; artificial preservatives; and bleached flour. The MPS cold breakfast menu is free of the harmful seven and contains only “clean label” foods as part of this initiative.
When schools are open, every student in MPS receives free breakfast and lunch every school day to support healthy growth and learning. Nutritious meals ensure that all students are ready to learn, and school meal programs additionally support families, who gain peace of mind that their children’s meals will be available at no cost.
Across Wisconsin, more than 485,000 school breakfasts are served every day when schools are open, with more than 35,000 breakfasts served daily in MPS. Federal guidelines and school nutritionists ensure that children receive balanced, healthy meals.
Families are reminded that they can pick up a packaged breakfast, lunch, and dinner for children 18 and under on school days from 11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. at 50 Stop, Grab, and Go sites and from 3:00–5:00 P.M. at three MPS schools. On Fridays, children can also receive breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday. In addition, each Thursday in March, families can receive a free bag of fresh fruits and vegetables. Offered through the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, each week is built on a theme that includes recipes and nutrition information. Learn more about free fresh produce offered in March.
MPS extends a huge thank you to all our nutrition staff who work hard every day to feed our young learners, and who have risen to the challenge of feeding students during the pandemic. Thank you!