OUSD Student Lunch
Beef Chili with Tortilla is the most popular
entree, whose waste rates never exceeded
Cheese Pizza, served with the most frequency
(18 in Middle School, 18 in High School) is
BBQ Chicken with Red Beans & Rice receives
high preference from three groups.
Less preferred entrees:
Cheese Quesadilla and Grilled Cheese have
the highest serving frequencies and generate
largest percentage of waste almost among all
Asian Chickens and Veggie Tacos show
different consumption levels at different
Many other entrees show unpredictable and
inconsistent results among different groups,
but they are mostly served with relatively low
frequency. Veggie Tacos: 50% waste in K-8,
6% waste in K-5 and high school.
The total percentage of food waste for high
school, middle school, K-8 and K-5 are 6%,
4%, 7% and 4% respectively. K-8 schools
produce the most waste among all schools.
Discussion and Conclusion:
Cheese pizza is the most popular
entree for Middle School and High School.
This is contributed to pizza being the constant
and default entree for each Thursday while
other entrees are cycled into the menu. This is
reflected in the frequency of pizza served
relative to other entrees served.
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Cheese Quesadilla are also served with high frequency, but have a higher
percentage of waste. This may indicate the need to decrease the quantities of these entrees and increase the
quantities of more popular entrees such as Beef Chili with Tortilla.
There are other entrees that are only served once and have no waste, which indicates that these items
could be served with more frequency, such as Spicy Chicken Sandwich, BBQ Chicken Sandwich, and Turkey
Resources: Glodde, Amy RD, MPH. Menu Planner & Training Supervisor. Oakland Unified School District Nutrition Services
Oakland Unified School District Daily Production Records. October 2015
"Nutrition Services." / Overview. OUSD, 18 Jan. 2012. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.
"Nutrition Services." / Current Events. OUSD, 30 Dec. 2015. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.