PPS Updates the District Wellness Policy

District administrators worked collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, (i.e., PPS Foodservice, Health & PE, Health Services, Student Support Services, Legal, and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and ACHD) to complete proposed revisions to the district wellness policy (last revised, April 2012). This process took place over the course of nearly two years and included comprehensive … Continue reading PPS Updates the District Wellness Policy


Phillips Elementary School is One of America’s Healthiest Schools!

Through our partnership with Children's Hospital of UPMC and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a Pittsburgh Public School - Phillips Elementary on the Southside - was honored as one of America's Healthiest Schools. Notably, Phillips was the only school in Pennsylvania given this title. "To be considered for the title schools had to meet or … Continue reading Phillips Elementary School is One of America’s Healthiest Schools!

UPMC Partners with PPS

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

National School Breakfast Week Nutrition Facts!

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!

The Pittsburgh Public School District Celebrates National School Breakfast Week

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

Jumping for Happy Bean Salad!

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!

Hello to New Cereal!

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!

Go for the Greens

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