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Mr. Kenneth Poor

Director of Food and Nutrition Services

Greenville Public Schools

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Greenville Public Schools


Greenville, Michigan 48838

United States

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GREENVILLE - Greenville Public School's new Food Service Director Ken Poor brings years of culinary knowledge to his position, including 20 years of teaching in the classroom.

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Greenville Public Schools Food and Nutrition Director Kenneth Poor said he is very impressed with how the students are handling the situation to try to make a difference.

"They have been so mature dealing with this," Poor said. "They are not angry and are taking the right approach."
Since beginning the school year under new regulations, Poor said the situation has been tough. He has been spending 15 to 20 hours per week trying to plan meals that satisfy the new regulations, stay within the calorie requirements and find products from vendors that will work.
Greenville Public School Food and Nutrition Director Kenneth Poor goes over the program he uses to help make sure he stays within the new food regulations and calories set for students this year. - Daily News/Kelli Ameling
As the school recently ended its open-campus policy, Poor said a remodel of the cafeteria was done to offer more for students to eat, such as a large salad and fruit bar, and with more options for the students to choose from. However, because of the regulations, things such as the salad and fruit bar have to be monitored to make sure students are not going over their allotted amount.
"Our goal (this year) was to encourage fruits," Poor said. "Now we have to limit them because they contain calories through their natural sugars."
Poor agreed students can always buy more food through the a la carte line such as pizza, snacks, cookies and more, as the regulations are only required for the food the school has to provide for free and reduced lunches.
"There is good intention behind the regulations," Poor said. "But there are flaws in the plan. One size does not fit all."
As both committee members and Poor pointed out, students with free or reduced lunches have a hard enough time paying for one lunch, let alone buying more food because they are still hungry.
"There is an issue there," he said. "We can't offer more (to the students) through free and reduced lunches."
Poor has talked to other school districts about thenew regulations and said students being hungry is a problem all over -not just at Greenville Public Schools.
Poor said the biggest outcry from students has come from athletes.
"They need more calories per day than a student who does not participate in athletics after school," he said.
One of Poor's biggest problems when trying to meet regulations is finding vendors that offer the right amount of portions. He said vendors are also busy trying to create products that can be sold to schools, such as a 2-ounce burger, which will help schools stay between the 10 to 12 ounces of protein a week.
Poor plans to work with the student committee to see if changes can be made.
"They are such good kids," Poor said.

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GREENVILLE - Greenville Public School's new Food Service Director Ken Poor brings years of culinary knowledge to his position, including 20 years of teaching in the classroom.

Poor wants to make a connection with students and provide a welcoming feeling at the new high school dining facilities for everyone seeking a well-balanced meal.
"I taught culinary arts in Connecticut," Poor said. "This is a whole new step for me, but I am settling in well."
Poor was not always a teacher. Earlier in his career he was a wholesale contractor.
"It wasn't long before I realized that type of work wasn't for me," he said.
Unhappy with his contracting and sales career, he decided to go back to college.
"I was a non-traditional student going back to college after having a career," he said.
While attending college, he obtained a job working under a Johnson and Whales trained chef. With his training, Poor worked in many areas of the food service industry.
"I was a food service manager for a convention center," he said. "I also have experience working in a Christian camp dishwashing and moving up from there. I new early on I had a passion for food."
Poor moved to Greenville from Connecticut earlier this year after his wife had been in Michigan for a year.
"My wife, Becky, accepted the call as a pastor in Saranac," he said. "It is what we do when we receive the calling, we follow the call."
Greenville Public Schools Food Service Director Kenneth Poor brings 20 years of culinary experience to his new position. - Daily News/Lonnie Allen
In mid-July, he was hired as the new food services director in Greenville. He had originally applied for a teaching position.
"I was approached and asked if I would consider applying for the job I hold now," he said. "I feel very blessed with what I inherited here in Greenville."
Poor is excited and happy to be in Michigan and glad he is part of a school district that shows compassion for its students.
"The community has a great school district," Poor said. "The administration cares for every student and is always seeking what is best for students."
Poor considers the students when making important decisions about dining in any of the Greenville schools.
"What is best for the kids," Poor said.
"Ken has exceeded the expectations so far," Crawford said.
With new federal guidelines in place for school meals, Crawford sees Poor as an asset to the program.
"Ken brings years of experience in culinary arts teaching and hospitality," Crawford said.
"Mr. Poor and his entire staff have risen to many challenges in terms of delivering new and healthier dining options for students, while doing so in new facilities and at a dramatically greater volume," Haines said.
When Poor started the high school, the dining facility was unfinished. He jumped in and faced the challenge of being ready to serve food when school started in the fall.
"The food service program at the high school was in the middle of a transformation when Ken began working here," Crawford said.
It is this attitude of creativity and delicious food for students that keeps Poor looking forward to each new day at his job.
"My main goal is to make sure each student is happy to eat here," Poor said. "I want the students to enjoy the food and enjoy the atmosphere while eating."
Poor said none of this could have been done without the staff he has working for him.
"I have been blessed with great leadership at the middle and elementary schools," Poor said.
Mr. Poor's leadership and the great employees in our Food and Nutrition Department together make this happen daily for our students."

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"We are getting pretty well adjusted," said Food Services Director Kenneth Poor, who began working at Greenville Public Schools this year. "Students and (staff) are getting used to the new, beautiful facility."

As students enter the cafeteria, they now have different stations they can go to including salad, pasta, sub and pizza stations to design the meal they are looking for. Poor said he is hoping by next week an exhibition cooking station will be up and running as well.
"It's encouraging to see," said Poor of many students choosing the more healthy options.

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Kenneth Poor is now the foods and nutrition director at Greenville Public Schools. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees and has experience in catering.

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