Spotlight on Food Services: Living our mission of FEEDING EVERY CHILD EVERY DAY!

Providing nutritious meals to our students is our commitment to the Denver community. We recognize that well-nourished children are better equipped to learn. Providing healthy food and nutrition education are the key ingredients in educating students to make choices that will develop into life-long healthy eating habits. We have a commitment to excellence, a devotion and passion for child nutrition.

Our program is an enhancement to the educational programs of the District – HUNGRY CHILDREN CANNOT LEARN. The program is operated under the federally funded National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act. All federal laws regulating the program are administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Denver regional office and implemented by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The program objectives are to safeguard the health and well-being of students by providing nutritious food in a safe environment at an affordable price and to help ensure that participating children gain a full understanding of the relationship between proper eating and good health.


Parent Breakfast in the Classroom Survey Fall 2014

Recently, the DPS Food and Nutrition Services Department has received questions on the frequency and variety of breakfast items served in schools on a weekly basis. In order to answer these questions, DPS conducted a breakfast items survey in order to better offer continuity of home offered breakfast selections and DPS offered breakfast items. DPS is extremely grateful for Gilpin and Marrama parents’ participation in the breakfast items surveys. We are glad to announce that the results of the survey are in!

Overall, the surveys reflected that DPS is serving comparable breakfast selections at the same frequency as students are receiving at home. Two differences between home and school served breakfast items were discovered through the survey. At home, students are eating eggs, yogurt, and cheese 3-4 times per week, but at school, students are offered these items just 1-2 times per week. The surveys indicated that pastries were served at home 1-2 times per week by 56% of parents and 33% of parents reported that they never served pastries. DPS serves reduced-sugar, whole grain pastries between 1-2 times a week. While only 33% of the parents responding to the survey reported offering fruit at breakfast each day, DPS offers fruit each day at breakfast.

In order to better serve our students, this month (January 2015), DPS replaced one pastry option with an egg and cheese omelet and another pastry option (Cinnamon Glazed Toast) was replaced with cheese and whole grain banana bread. Parent’s feedback is very important and needed in allowing DPS to continually strive to provide nutritious and enjoyable food to every child.

 


USDA Disclosure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).