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!

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

Chef Bill trains PPS Food Service staff

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

A Day in the Life

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

Brain Power at Breakfast

Research shows that students who eat breakfast at school are more likely to stay focused and succeed in the classroom. Breakfast is an important part of every day, but it is especially important during testing in Pittsburgh Public Schools. Students that enter the classroom hungry are more likely to get distracted, have a hard time finishing … Continue reading Brain Power at Breakfast

A Taste of University Prep

The University Prep Student Envoys came together yesterday for a taste test in their cafeteria under the leadership of Annie Fiscus, a project specialist for Environments that Support Teaching and Learning. The Student Envoys are a group of students with the natural ability to lead. Whether a traditional or nontraditional leader, the Student Envoy program is … Continue reading A Taste of University Prep

The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement is Underway!

The Food Service Department has successfully rolled out 4 Smarter Lunchrooms Movement makeovers in all 56 schools across the district. The makeovers are designed to get kids to choose the healthier option at lunch without them giving it too much thought. These changes are based in behavioral economics research done at Cornell University.  The four … Continue reading The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement is Underway!