Restaurant Report Card: 8.15.19 T.P.S. Back to School

Published: Aug. 16, 2019 at 7:44 AM EDT
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Back to school means running like clockwork, and a new assembly line is meant to speed that clock along.

"That machine can handle 40 or 50 different packages now that we can run. It is all computers now. So, it's pretty awesome," explains Reynald Debroas, Director of Food Service and Child Nutrition at Toledo Public Schools.

Debroas says the one machine cost taxpayers more than $100,000, but it's the first new assembly line he has purchased for the district since he first started working here more than 20 years ago.

For the past few weeks, the assembly line has already been up and running inside the hub for T.P.S. Food Services. This one building is where all the meals are packaged before they get sent out to 52 schools across the district. School cafeteria workers reheat or steam food that's been precooked. Then, they serve it to your kids.

"We have to be three weeks ahead. If we don't make that three weeks ahead, we're not going to make it. You know, it's a lot of production," says Debroas.

Here's how the meals by the numbers break down across the entire Toledo Public School district:

Meals Served Per Day

8,000 Breakfasts

15,000 - 18,000 Lunches

Meals Served Per Year

1.5M Breakfasts

2.5M Lunches

New Menu Items for the 2019-2020 School Year:

Allergen-Free Taco Meat/Hamburger Patties

Non-GMO Turkey Burgers

Turkey Bacon

Egg and Turkey Croissants

Vegetarian Chili