School food service workers play important role in student achievement, Evers says

Public schools in Wisconsin have made food service programs “part and parcel of their academic program and really marry the two in a way that helps students become better achievers and better adults,” State Superintendent Tony Evers says in a video that launches a new campaign from the Department of Public Instruction called “Wisconsin School Meals Rock.” 

In the video, Evers applauds food service workers: “Our food service workers interact with almost every student every day, from kindergarten through 12th grade, and they do a great job of providing good nutritious food but they also connect in a positive way with good adult-kid relationships, and they make or break it with a lot of kids. My hats off to the people who work in food service in Wisconsin. They knock it out of the park!”

The state superintendent’s message was filmed at Plymouth High School, where students can be seen helping themselves to student-grown lettuce and arugula, locally sourced cheese panini, and slow-roasted pork tacos created by the district’s executive chef.

The launch of the Wisconsin School Meals Rock campaign is a fitting observation of National School Breakfast Week which began on Monday.

One of the campaign’s primary goals is to encourage use of innovative, new practices to create school breakfasts and lunches that are not only nutritious but delicious. In doing so, the campaign will feature schools that are trying exciting things with their school meals.

The video can be seen below and found on the new Wisconsin School Meals Rock webpage, http://dpi.wi.gov/school-nutrition/wisconsin-school-meals-rock.