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!

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!

Central Kitchen to Produce More Variety

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

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

Plate Waste – What Are Our Students Really Eating?

It is no secret that kids are picky eaters. Sometimes getting a child to eat their green vegetables can be the most frustrating part of the day. Research shows that it takes multiple exposures (sometimes more than five times) for a child to become accustom to a new food and take a bite of that food. What does … Continue reading Plate Waste – What Are Our Students Really Eating?

Time to Celebrate!

Food Service staff takes the time to celebrate all the hard work they did this year feeding kids throughout Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Public Schools feeds almost 20,000 students lunch every day, and we couldn't do it without the work of our cafeteria staff. Remember to thank all the people that helped make this school year great!