The KCKPS Child Nutrition Program Receives Best Practice Award

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Kansas State Board of Education (KSBOE) Chairman Jim Porter, Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ Nutritional Services Director Josh Mathiasmeier, KSBOE Representative Janet Waugh from District 1, and Kansas State Department of Education Commissioner Randy Watson.

Pictured L- R: Kansas State Board of Education (KSBOE) Chairman Jim Porter, Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ Nutritional Services Director Josh Mathiasmeier, KSBOE Representative Janet Waugh from District 1, and Kansas State Department of Education Commissioner Randy Watson.

Kansas City, KS, August 9, 2017 – Congratulations to the Nutritional Services Department’s Child Nutrition Program for receiving the Kansans CAN 2016-2017 Best Practice Award for outstanding and innovative practices during the August 8 State Board of Education meeting in Topeka, KS. 

“This was a great honor for our Nutritional Services Department team,” said Nutritional Services Director Josh Mathiasmeier.  “We are always looking for ways to improve service excellence to the students and the Wyandotte County community,” he said.

One reason the department’s program is being honored – their mobile food truck. A partnership with Healthy Communities Wyandotte and a grant from the Cities Combating Hunger Through After School and Summer Meal Programs (CHAMPS) made it possible for the department to convert a no longer functioning bookmobile into a mobile food truck to serve summer meals throughout the community.

The mobile food truck debuted on June 5, 2017, and was a key factor in the delivery of over 73,000 meals during the summer.  Plans are already underway to use the mobile food truck to increase delivery of afterschool meals, beginning with this fall’s school year. 

In addition to the vehicle, KCKPS partnered with Humana, Inc. and the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County to receive funds to provide meals to adults who accompanied children to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites. This was instrumental during summer months in helping to address the 18.1% food insecurity in Wyandotte County.

Please join us in congratulating the Nutritional Services Department team on this award honoring their innovation and best practices in nutritional services to students and the community. This department is part of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ family whose mission is Inspiring Excellence: Every Grownup, Every Child, Every Day.

For more information about the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, visit kckps.org.