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The Minneapolis Public Schools has opted to operate on an all remote-learning model for at least the first half of the 2020-2021 school year, which means the district’s meal program continues with the feeding model it initiated back in March at the start of the coronavirus shutdown, which involves distributing multimeal boxes. That approach was developed and refined by Nutrition Services Director Bertram Weber and his team.
Weber is an accomplished and celebrated school nutrition figure who won the 2020 IFMA Silver Plate Award in the K-12 Schools category and whose programs at Minneapolis Schools and earlier at the Hopkins (Minn.) School District have won FM Best Concept Awards, including Best of Show in 2016. He is a strong advocate for enhancing the quality of school meals nationwide, most recently with his participation in the ScratchWorks initiative in which he is one of six founding members.
In this podcast interview, Weber talks about his approach to feeding remote learning kids and about his involvement in ScratchWorks.