Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/18/2023 - 5:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 15. Report with Possible Action on the Food Justice Task Force
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: Admin Policy 4.05 - School Nutrition Management
File Attachment:
Nutrition Services Presentation_4.12.23.pdf
Background: Resolution 2223R-013
Bimonthly Report
Food Justice Task Force (Board members, YES Group, Hunger Task Force, MTEA, MPS Administration, Students)
On January 26, 2023, as part of the Report of the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation, the Board approved Resolution 2223R-013, establishing the Food Justice Task Force. This is the first bimonthly report of the Food Justice Task Force on its work.

The Food Justice Task Force had two meetings on March 8, 2023, and April 12, 2023, discussing the current state of the MPS school meals operation and the challenges affecting it. During the April 12, 2023 meeting, the Department of Nutrition Services staff presented the attached PowerPoint presentation to the Food Justice Task Force, indicating their mission, vision, and update on the work already underway to address the goals included in this resolution. Throughout the presentation, students’ and other participants’ comments and questions were discussed/answered by the Department of Nutrition Service staff.

At the end of the PowerPoint presentation, a group activity was conducted to prioritize the six key points of this resolution. The key points are:
• Defining a “full production kitchen” and making recommendations for the expansion of such kitchens in our schools;
• Providing recommendations for opportunities to attract and retain kitchen staff;
• Making recommendations for professional development opportunities for food service workers to learn about the various dietary needs of the student populations they serve;
• Recommending specific improvements to the quality and delivery of food to students;
• Determining recommendations on how to maximize the use of local food sources;
• Recommending menu options that meet the dietary needs of our diverse student population
The two key points prioritized by the Task Force were opportunities to attract and retain kitchen staff and menu options that meet the dietary needs of our diverse student population. The Food Justice Task Force will write smart goals to help create achievable goals. At the next meeting in May 2023, these smart goals will be reviewed and submitted to the MPS administration for further review and refinement. The smart goals will then be used in a project plan for implementation.
Fiscal Impact Statement: NA
Implementation and Assessment Plan NA
Recommendation: Informational only item.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Mohammed Abdullah - Director
Signed By:
Martha Kreitzman - Chief Financial Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent