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
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
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!
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!
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
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
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
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
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
Everyday, the Food Service Center on the Southside ships over 5,000 lunches to students across the district. How does it get done? With a lot of hard work and dedication by the warehouse and production staff (pictured above)! These individuals are the unsung heroes of the Food Service Department. Without them, our Elementary School students would … Continue reading Behind the Scene Heroes!