Boston Public Schools is delighted to welcome Michael R. Peck as the new Director of the Department of Food and Nutrition Services. Mr. Peck brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to Boston Public Schools, with over 15 years experience in public school nutrition programs, food services software, and the culinary arts.
Most recently, Mr. Peck served as the Director of Food Services for Pittsburgh Public Schools from 2007 to 2011, and just prior as the Deputy Director of Food Services for District of Columbia Public Schools from 2006 to 2007. Among Mr. Peck’s many accomplishments in Pittsburgh, he increased both lunch participation (by 7.8%) and breakfast participation (by 32.8%), and was nationally recognized by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) for effectively reaching low-incomes students. In addition to driving participation, Mr. Peck also implemented Universal Free Breakfast at all schools and early childhood centers. Perhaps most notably during his time in Pittsburgh, Mr. Peck improved the quality of school meals by limiting fat, salt, and sugar; eliminating fried foods, trans-fats, bovine growth hormones, artificial colors and sweetener; increasing whole-grains, fiber, whole-muscle meal, and vegetarian options; and serving only skim or 1% milk.
Mr. Peck holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Food and Nutrition and Dietetics from Framingham State University and a Certificate in Culinary Arts from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. A Boston area native, Mr. Peck began his school food service career in the Brookline Public School System, where he was the Coordinator of Food Services from 1996 to 1999, and the Director of Food Services from 1999 to 2003. From Brookline, Mr. Peck honed his technical expertise with a move to the software industry, as the TrackNOW Project Manager for PCS Revenue Controls, Inc., a company which develops food services software for the K-12 education market.
On behalf of all of us at Boston Public Schools, we welcome Michael Peck. We are confident that under his expert leadership, the Department of Food and Nutrition Services will not only continue its legacy of excellence, but also grow and change to meet future challenges.