PPS Harvest of the Month Program

  Last school year in May, PPS piloted a Harvest of the Month Program in school cafeterias to increase student awareness of seasonal produce, link garden education to the lunchroom, educate students about the nutritional value of harvest of the month, nudge students towards healthier choices in the lunchroom, and expose students to new, healthy … Continue reading PPS Harvest of the Month Program


Whole Fruit versus Fruit Juice

If given the opportunity, children can easily drink a lot of juice because juice tastes good. However, over consumption of juice can pose some health risks to children. Tooth decay, excessive weight gain, diarrhea, flatulence, and poor nutrition are often seen when children drink too much juice. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that … Continue reading Whole Fruit versus Fruit Juice

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!

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