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Procurement, The Magic Ingredient
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 10:20 AM

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“No child is born with a preference for food. They just have the impulse to eat. We can impact this with what we offer them.”
- Bertrand Weber, Director of Culinary and Nutrition Services, Minneapolis Public Schools
 
Last week Chef Ann Foundation founder and board president, Ann Cooper, and I had the privilege to spend the whole week in Minneapolis collaborating with our non-profit school food partners; Lifetime Fitness Foundation (LFF), a non-profit devoted to supporting school food change by providing expertise and grants to help serve real, whole foods and eliminate the artificial and processed items from their menus, School Food FOCUS, a national collaborative that leverages the knowledge and procurement power of large districts to make school meals nationwide more healthful, regionally sourced, and sustainably produced and school food service directors, chefs and production managers representing seven states. The week of thought, sharing and culinary training was supported by Barbara Koch, Executive Director of Lifetime Fitness Foundation and hosted by Director, Bertrand Weber and his fabulous team at the Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary and Nutrition Center (MPS) which is a recipient of an equipment grant from LFF as well as the lead school district in SFF’s Upper Midwest Regional Learning Lab (UMRLL). The UMRLL project brought seven large Midwestern school districts together to collaborate on procurement change as a group, aggregating their scale to influence improved product specifications and pricing.  Their focus has been on poultry, the number one protein served in school meals...READ MORE