UPMC has identified health issues specific to each community, one of the key issues across the region being childhood obesity. Thanks to a partnership with the Healthy Schools Program of UPMC, Pittsburgh Public Schools Food Service is recognized for working diligently to help students select healthier meals through the Smarter Lunchrooms Program. Congratulations to Pittsburgh … Continue reading UPMC Partners with PPS
A Partnership of Pittsburgh Public Schools, Grow Pittsburgh and Let’s Move Pittsburgh In an effort to enhance farm to school education in Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS), PPS, Grow Pittsburgh and Let’s Move Pittsburgh (LMP) are piloting a … Continue reading Harvest of the Month Pilot
On the first Friday in May, let’s all celebrate the men and women who make our school days a little better and honor our school’s lunch staff! Please join the Food Service Department in celebrating the hard work that goes into preparing meals for hundreds of students at a time. We are extremely thankful for … Continue reading School Lunch Hero Day!
Have you ever wondered about the nutrition content of your child's meals? The updated school breakfast standards require students choose a daily offering of fruit. New regulations also include all whole grain products, low-fat and fat free dairy products, plus limitations on saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and calories. Below are examples of the breakfasts your child can … Continue reading National School Breakfast Week Nutrition Facts!
Did you know, children who eat breakfast at school, closer to class and test-taking time, perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home? Or that children who eat breakfast show improved cognitive function, attention, and memory? At the Pittsburgh Public School District (PPS), the Food Service Department knows … Continue reading The Pittsburgh Public School District Celebrates National School Breakfast Week
Did you know... garbanzo beans, commonly known as chickpeas, were one of the earliest harvested legumes? These beans are high in protein, dietary fiber and are commonly used in Middle Eastern dishes. Since these beans are so versatile, nutritious and delicious, Happy Bean Salad was trialed at Phillips, Faison, and Dilworth on Wednesday, February 8th. … Continue reading Jumping for Happy Bean Salad!
Did you know about the new change in breakfast cereals at all Pittsburgh Public Schools? Beginning August 2016, breakfast cereals at your child’s school have transitioned to alternative wholesome, whole-grain and lower sugar products. These new products include Golden Grahams cereal, Kix and Apple Cinnamon Cheerio’s by General Mills. According to the 2015 USDA Dietary … Continue reading Hello to New Cereal!
The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 requires that schools serve vegetable subgroups each week including dark green, red/orange, starchy, legume, and other. All Pittsburgh Public Schools serve vegetables daily, per the nutrition requirements, but are they being consumed? Plate waste studies in Pittsburgh Public Schools have shown extremely low acceptance of green vegetables. … Continue reading Go for the Greens
The Central Kitchen brought in a new food packaging machine this week. The new machine gives the Central Kitchen the ability to package foods in smaller, single-serve containers, designed for both hot and cold items. With smaller containers comes more flexibility to package items for K-5 and K-8 schools as well as Early Childhood classrooms. Individual … Continue reading Central Kitchen to Produce More Variety
The PPS Food Service Department brought in a chef to teach the staff some basic culinary skills before heading back to the kitchens for the year. As vegetables become more common place in the school cafeterias, and the salt shaker is left on the sidelines, the cafeteria staff must learn to cook vegetables while maintaining … Continue reading Chef Bill trains PPS Food Service staff