Nourish to Flourish

Data Sharing and Analytics GDSN® Initiative

Background:  In March 2017, the National Dairy Council  and the Urban School Food Alliance convened a national Nourish to Flourish (NTF) summit of nearly 240 thought leaders and stakeholders committed to the nourishment and well-being of America’s children — to help inspire, inform and invest in work that will foster excellence in the school meals experience.  One outcome from the summit was an initiative to pool data together and return desirable information to the K12 community stakeholders.  Nourish to Flourish Summit

Problem Statement:  Following a deliberative process, engaging multiple industry perspectives, the group recognized that the availability and accuracy of food service-related sales data in the school channel is an ongoing challenge. From antiquated record keeping methods to a lack of standardized product numbers, manufacturers and food service personnel struggle to have a clear picture of the food’s origin, nutritional components and allergy information; and the sales impact of various promotional and communication campaigns throughout the school year. Lacking this information, it is difficult for stakeholders to positively influence the school meals experience.

Proposed Solution:  Nourish to Flourish has committed to utilizing GS1 to standardize data collection to meet USDA requirements and to maximize data analytics capabilities for stakeholders throughout the K12 community. The ability to compare performance across schools within a district, and across similar schools in other districts, states, and nationwide provides valuable insight for management decisions.  Deeper analysis offers a pathway to predictive analytics to spot positive or negative anomalies to target specific actions.

GS1 Foundation:  Nourish to Flourish is leading the adoption of GS1 standards, beginning with the menu planning process and integrated throughout the supply chain to include kitchen preparation, serving and point of sale.  Implementing data synchronization for receiving product information via Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) will facilitate this process.   Stakeholder support and participation are required for data standardization and NTF has partnered with 1WorldSync for data pool services to facilitate these objectives.  All data sharing will be handled via secure, read-only connections that do not include any identifiable information at the district or student level.  Data sharing practices will be defined within a Privacy Policy and be FERPA and COPPA compliant.

SY 2018-19 Pilots:  NTF is working with inTEAM as its technology provider for a series of pilots to help develop the standards and mechanisms for data sharing and analysis.  All interested partied will be kept informed of joint efforts throughout the pilot phase. NTF will be collaborating with selected pilot schools based on differential demographics, food delivery systems and suppliers by providing the software and support necessary to drive the pilot systems. Through the hard work and collaboration of Nourish to Flourish and its primary sponsors, National Dairy Council and Urban School Food Alliance, NTF is actively recruiting volunteers to participate in pilots that will begin in the 2018-19 school year.

Schools and Suppliers/Trading Partner Pilot Participation

Schools:  The pilots will demonstrate that valuable data can be collected, aggregated across multiple school sites and across districts, and analyzed without adding operational burdens. Pilot schools will be able to retrieve all audit trail reports required by HHFKA, including reimbursement claims, production records and point of sale transactions.  The standardized data set will include nutrition facts per serving, along with nutrients and allergens for each product, and, where applicable, data for crediting meal pattern compliance.   School Pilot FAQs

Suppliers/Trading Partner:  Suppliers will be asked to share basic attributes for each product supplied to the K12 market.  While most national companies are already participating, many regional and local suppliers will need to follow a simple registration process.  When data is shared, suppliers gain new insights to distribution of items, sales volume, menu items and frequency, point of sale information, brand ratings and student feedback on menu items. Please complete the Trading Partner Form on this page to get started and visit the links on this page to learn more about the GDSN process and Nourish to Flourish.

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