Joshua ISD Child Nutrition Department

2018-2022 Strategic Plan


Child Nutrition Vision Statement

The Joshua ISD Child Nutrition Department will strive to help each student achieve his/her full learning potential by providing age appropriate well-balanced meals, nutritional education, and a supportive environment.


Child Nutrition Mission Statement

We will support the essential link between nutrition and education by providing high quality, nutritious meals that are appealing to our student body and meet the recommended dietary allowances for school-age children.


Child Nutrition Core Value Statements

  1. We will provide safe, nutritious food in an environment that is welcoming to all students and we will promote wellness at all grade levels.
  2. We will adhere to the federal, state, and local policies that govern our programs.
  3. We will communicate effectively with all stakeholders to form partnerships in a continuing effort to provide the best service and to teach our students to make healthy choices.
  4. We will manage all Child Nutrition resources in a fiscally sound manner, respecting the community that we serve.

Goal 1:  Ensure the Health and Safety of Our Students

  • All employees will obtain a Food Handler’s certification prior to starting in a kitchen.
  • All campus managers and the Director of Child Nutrition will maintain a current ServSafe certificate.
  • All employees will maintain personal hygiene to a level that reflects pride in one’s profession.
  • Food and supplies are procured following district specifications and handled according to prescribed sanitation standards.
  • A Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points policy is in place and reviewed annually with updates sent to campuses via revisions to campus manuals.

Goal 2:  Maintain Compliance at All Times

  • All employees will complete required continuing education annually.
  • Management will conduct monthly meetings to keep staff informed of policy and procedure updates.
  • The Director of Child Nutrition and the Floating Manager will conduct on-site visits at least twice annually to evaluate for compliance and training needs.

Goal 3:  Involve Parents, Staff, Students, and Community

  • Child Nutrition staff will attend the Student Health Advisory Council meetings to help keep the community and district administration aware of happenings within the program.
  • The Child Nutrition Department will promote health and wellness at each campus by posting nutrition education materials and initiating parent/student involvement activities.
  • The Director of Child Nutrition and the campus managers will communicate with principals and nurses regularly to best serve our students and parents collaboratively.
  • The department’s commitment to customer service will be conveyed by the use of the district web-site, menus, personal contact, and campus publications.

Goal 4:  Continuously Improve our Program While Remaining Entirely Self-Supporting

  • Accurate and consistent data is generated and archived to build a history of performance.
  • Managers are trained to understand the information derived from data and how to meet their sites performance standards.
  • All campus orders are reviewed each week to prevent excess inventory and to ensure that the campuses have what is needed.
  • Budget development is done collaboratively and in a way that is aligned with district goals to insure a high level of fiscal responsibility, accountability, and accuracy.
  • The Child Nutrition Department will determine the average usable life span of the equipment and implement a replacement schedule to provide for consistent replacement of worn equipment.
  • The need for technology updates and/or other measures to improve student services and protect the integrity of student accounts will be evaluated annually.