Nutrition Service Facts

    • A five-year capital improvement plan ensures timely upgrade and replacement of critical equipment.
    • All operating systems in the department are computerized i.e. inventory, payroll, revenue management, menu planning, nutritional analysis and Free/Reduced program databases.
    • Nutrition Services administers the USDA Free/Reduced Meal Program for those students in need. Currently, over 3600 students participate in the program.
    • Budget: $3,625,701.00. Breakfasts served: 295,000 - Lunches: 1,065,000 - Ala Carte sales: $1,802,000.  
    • All Nutrition Services staff members participate in regularly scheduled professional development programs. Topics include customer service, communications, security and safety.
    • While the St. Louis County Health department requires one person in each school to have a certificate in nutrition service sanitation, Nutrition Services requires all full time and lead employees to be certified in sanitation within two years. Currently, 82% of our employees have their sanitation certificates. The course is taught on-site, by a member of our staff, a supervisor or dietitian.
    • The average St. Louis County Health Department sanitation inspection rating for all 28 sites last year was 99.0%.
    • Parkway was the first school district in the area to offer Hepatitis A shots - Sept. 1998. Now, all departmental personnel are immunized per county ordinance.  We also require all outside vendors to submit a current HEP A list.
    • Monthly elementary, middle and high school, breakfast, lunch and specialty line menus are accessible from the Nutrition Services & Welcome to Parkway home pages.
    • Nutrition Services has been using a computerized "Point of Sale Information System" for fifteen years. We have just completed an upgrade of the system which offers all students and staff a virtual bank account to pay for meals. The system provides security for student funds, ease of service, protects the anonymity of free/reduced price lunch students and enables parents to restrict the type of food and beverages that their children can purchase. There has been wide acceptance and usage of the system by both parents and students.