An Evaluation of the Abernethy Elementary Kitchen Model Portland, Oregon A Presentation for the 3 rd  Farm to Cafeteria Co...
Overview  <ul><li>Project Background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Portland Public Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abernethy El...
Research Methods – Year 1 <ul><li>Conduct a profit-loss analysis  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used to evaluate and compare costs...
Research Methods – Year 1 cont. <ul><li>Collect data related to preferences for and perceptions of the project from:  </li...
Top 5 Results <ul><li>Food is cheap, labor is expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Similar nutritional content – Abernethy met the ...
Top 5 Results <ul><li>Increased take from the salad bar </li></ul><ul><li>Increased participation in school lunch </li></ul>
Top 5 Results  <ul><li>The program received overwhelming – although not unanimous – approval.  </li></ul><ul><li>Students ...
Moving Forward <ul><li>Results as marketing materials and strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive research methods for an evol...
Links <ul><li>www.abernethy.pps.k12.or.us </li></ul><ul><li>www.ecotrust.org/farmtoschool </li></ul>
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An Evaluation of the Abernethy Elementary Kitchen Model

  1. 1. An Evaluation of the Abernethy Elementary Kitchen Model Portland, Oregon A Presentation for the 3 rd Farm to Cafeteria Conference Baltimore, Maryland 17 March 2007
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Project Background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Portland Public Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abernethy Elementary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research Priorities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inform Program and Accelerate Change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish Baseline Data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measure Impacts of Program Components </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Farm to School </li></ul>
  3. 3. Research Methods – Year 1 <ul><li>Conduct a profit-loss analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used to evaluate and compare costs and revenues of Abernethy model with traditional PPS model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abernethy results compared to both district-wide results and results from a Control School </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Perform a nutritional analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used a standard USDA nutrient content analysis to evaluate and compare nutrient content of two models </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitored the number of servings of fruits and vegetables taken from the salad bar </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Monitor participation rates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used to evaluate and compare changes in student participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Were calculated at a) Abernethy elementary, b) the Control School and c) elementary schools district-wide (i.e. the district average) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Were broken down into full-paying, reduced pay, free-meal and adult categories </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Research Methods – Year 1 cont. <ul><li>Collect data related to preferences for and perceptions of the project from: </li></ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dot Survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge Survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul></ul>Students Parents Teachers Community Partners
  5. 5. Top 5 Results <ul><li>Food is cheap, labor is expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Similar nutritional content – Abernethy met the USDA nutritional standards </li></ul>$ (0.44) $ (2.41) Profit (Loss)/ meal $ 0.76 $ 0.91 Fixed costs per meal $ 0.68 $ 2.58 Food costs per meal $ 0.99 $ 0.94 Labor costs per meal $ 1.98 $ 2.02 Revenue per meal Control Abernethy
  6. 6. Top 5 Results <ul><li>Increased take from the salad bar </li></ul><ul><li>Increased participation in school lunch </li></ul>
  7. 7. Top 5 Results <ul><li>The program received overwhelming – although not unanimous – approval. </li></ul><ul><li>Students said: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Last year the food was like fast food.” – 4th Grader </li></ul><ul><li>“ I love the food [this year] because it is homemade.” – 2nd Grader </li></ul><ul><li>“ This year is the best. It’s all gourmet and grown up food. They think children aren’t capable of anything. No way”. – 4th Grader </li></ul><ul><li>“ My parents say it’s more healthy.” – 3rd Grader </li></ul><ul><li>“ I am definitely eating more salad this year” – 4th Grader </li></ul><ul><li>“ Bring corn dogs and chicken strips back!” – 4th Grader </li></ul>
  8. 8. Moving Forward <ul><li>Results as marketing materials and strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive research methods for an evolving program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Continued evaluation of finances, production records and participation rates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishment of new baselines for additional changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local procurement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Harvest of the Month program </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Links <ul><li>www.abernethy.pps.k12.or.us </li></ul><ul><li>www.ecotrust.org/farmtoschool </li></ul>

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