THE FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT of Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) strives to keep the children of the district healthy and focused. New in the 2014/2015 school year, PPS now participates in the Community Eligibility Provision which allows all students in the district to eat for free, regardless of their financial standing.
Beginning in the 2012/2013 school year, the school menus were designed to meet strict guidelines set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture. The guidelines are based on the latest nutrition research from leading associations and a panel of experts in health and nutrition. A Registered Dietitian prepares and analyzes all PPS menus. Since 2012, the Pittsburgh menus have changed drastically and now include the following:
- All grains served are whole grains
- Fruit options available at breakfast and lunch
- Wide variety of vegetables served at lunch
- <10% of calories from saturated fat
- Lower sodium
- Age-appropriate calorie limits
- Fat-free or 1% milk offered only
For more information on the school nutrition guidelines, please see the “Nutrition” tab.
The Food Service Department recognizes the importance of nourishing children in order to optimize learning, and therefore every student is encouraged to eat breakfast every day. Studies show that students that eat breakfast at school:
- preform better on standardized tests,
- have improved concentration, alertness, comprehension, memory, and learning,
- have better attendance,
- have fewer disciplinary office referrals,
- are less likely to be overweight,
- have improved nutrition,
- eat more fruits,
- drink more milk, and
- consume a wider variety of foods.
To read more about research surrounding school breakfast consumption, check out the Food Research and Action Center Report.
Look for the Grab-N-Go breakfast option to be available at select schools.
Each year, many students present with allergies, religious preferences, and medical conditions that affect their diets. The Food Service Department works with the parents and students to come up with a modified breakfast and lunch menu so that the student can eat school meals safely with his or her peers. For more information about how to contact and work with the Registered Dietitian, please see the “Special Diets” tab.
Food Services provides a catering service within the district. Looking to provide lunch for a large group? We have what you need. For more information about catering services and prices, please see the “Catering” tab.
Non Discrimination Statement
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
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