V2020 Backpack Nutrition Program
Meeting Minutes April 11, 2016
Present: Peggy Hetzel, Plainfield Business Association & Oasis HCE; Jan Novak, V2020; Ronnie Davidson, UCC Food Pantry; Ashley Rome, Trevor Cooper & Patti Miller, Public Health; Lynda Worden & Mary Wythe, Pine River HCE; Mary LaBlanc, DHS; Eli Ashley, AmeriCorps Member; Jackie Siegel, community member.
Meeting Called to Order: 9:32am
Review Agenda & Minutes – Approved as published.
Parent Survey Update:
- Gift cards mailed to parents mid-March with letter assuring that identifying information would be shredded.
- Parent letters summarizing survey responses will be sent home with students this week. Letters to Redgranite address the changes in distribution that were made by the school.
- Discussed meeting with Wautoma District Administrator. The program will not be offered to another school in the district without a clear commitment to distribute food in student backpacks or lockers to maintain confidentiality.
- Reviewed program status at Redgranite. Agreed that return to confidential distribution is unlikely.
- No committee support for having students pick up bags from totes as they enter school due to problems with confidentiality
- Committee agrees to continue the program as it is at this time, but next year’s registration materials must be very clear about how food will be distributed in that building.
- Parents requested option of other pastas as a menu change. Ronnie shared small 1# box of GV spaghetti available at Walmart for $1 (SKU: 7874203701). Boxed pasta also on sale at Stone Ridge for .69/box. Send box of pasta home during May as an experiment. No other menu adjustments
- End of year letter to parents: Thanking them for participation, we will be reviewing/updating menus – ask for input.
- End of year letter to principals and coordinators: Notify last day of distribution and thanking them for participating
- NEXT SCHOOL YEAR: Send survey, asking parents for guidance on menu, etc.
- MENU: Use summer to review and revise menus
Riverview Elementary Update:
- Principal is able to provide coordinator time to receive registration information and keep data
- Distribution during school day is too time consuming for one person – willing to problem solve
- Wants to maintain integrity and confidentiality of students
- No lockers, student backpacks hang on hooks in the hall
- Option: Deliver bags to school separated by classroom. Teacher distributes food to backpack during student specials/recess, etc. This maintains confidential distribution and could make distribution more manageable. Planned to check with staff about this option week of 4/4/16.
- If Riverview is interested, proceed with parent survey/registration for pilot. Offered to K-3 grade students. Pilot to run 2-3 weeks depending on timing. Survey/registration would need to be sent home the week of April 18th. Parent feedback requested before end of school year.
- Student population is 385+ with more than 60% FRL participants. Could see as many as 100+ students each week. Will have better idea following parent survey.
- If add 100 students to current enrollment, will need approximately $12,000 more to serve them.
Financial Update: Reviewed current status and discussed Foundation funding for next year
Adjourned: 10:31am > labeling inventory. Group labeled, bagged and counted 633 oatmeal packets in 18 min!
Next Meeting: MONDAY May 2nd, 2016 1pm Conference Rm 109-Waushara County Courthouse
Submitted by: Jan Novak