Bertrand Weber has led the MPS nutrition services department through its radical transformation for the past four years.
All but four school locations now boast salad bars to push consumption of fresh fruits and veggies.
The new Southwest High School opened a year ago with a food court-style cafeteria that will be the model for other secondary school sites.
Starting this fall the district’s food truck will make regular visits to the high schools, offering a menu of choices developed by members of the MPS True Food Chef Council.
Culinary focused events like cooking classes help spread the message of healthful eating.
Weber assists in a community Kitchen in the Market event to promote the school nutrition program.
The menu is designed with kid appeal as well as nutrition in mind.
Roasted carrots is one of the ways healthy veggies are served to promote their consumption.
The district now makes all its own salsa in its new central kitchen.
Periodic taste tests help gauge interest in potential new menu additions.
Nutrition education includes sessions with farmers about how crops are grown.
A breakfast cart used to increase morning meal sales through grab-and-go selections and convenient location.
Sampling of proposed additions to the menu helps keep participation numbers up.
MPS Menu Item: Asian turkey burger.
MPS Menu Item: Beet hummus.
MPS Menu Item: Brasa curried chicken bowl.
MPS Menu Item: Coconut chicken.
MPS Menu Item: Meatloaf made with wild rice.