Dallas ISD’s Food & Child Nutrition Services (FCNS) served up a perfect score on its Administrative Review in January – an unprecedented accomplishment for the department, which serves about 40 million meals to students each year.
During the week of Jan. 14, Texas Department of Agriculture auditors conducted the comprehensive review, which evaluated finances, adherence to policies and procedures as well as effectiveness in meeting the needs of students.
“I want to congratulate every member of Team FCNS!” said Michael Rosenberger, Executive Director of FCNS. “To say that I’m proud of everyone on our team is an understatement. We had a challenge before us, and our team rose to the challenge. As one person put it, we won our very own Super Bowl.”
A celebration for staff is being planned for Friday, Feb. 15, which is a student holiday.
Auditors noted in their report that the FCNS is on the forefront of innovation, including the way it implements culinary training for staff across the district. “The most impressive outcome of Dallas ISD’s efforts can be seen with the incredible kitchen staff teams at the schools that were observed during the review,” the report says. “Staff demonstrated outstanding teamwork and coordination at each of the meal services throughout the reviewed schools.”
The FCNS mission is to provide nutrition to students that fuels successful learning. FCNS provides nourishing meals, nutrition education and activities that support a healthy lifestyle. All Dallas ISD schools serve Breakfast in the Classroom, with some also offering after-school meals, and a fresh, locally grown produce item is featured as the Harvest of the Month.