The city is going out to bid for a school-meals provider for this fall and will make "higher-quality, healthier and more locally-sourced meal options," the school department says, adding it is returning the six-school salad-bar pilot that was shelved to try to save money. Also:
The new contract will include provisions for quarterly taste-tests by students and will ensure regular student and parent involvement in school menu cycles.
Mayor Walsh decided to re-bid the contract after a report found problems with the current school-meal program.
BPS adds it will continue its nearly year-old policy of providing free meals to all students without an income test.