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
School may be out for the summer, but that doesn't mean the supply of nutritious lunches has to end! In partnership with the Citiparks program, Pittsburgh Public Schools is promoting the GrubUp! campaign to feed lunch to children 18 and under. A food truck follows the roving art cart to various locations, and assembles a table to … Continue reading Free Summer Meals!
School is almost out for the summer! The city of Pittsburgh provides free food to all children under the age of 18 all summer long. See flyer below for more information.
This week is School Nutrition Employee week! On Friday, we celebrate School Nutrition Hero Day. Join us in thanking our cafeteria staff for all that they do. Between preparing healthy meals for America’s students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes! The images … Continue reading A Day in the Life