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!
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?
There is a lot of hype around school lunches, and unfortunately a lot of times it is negative. It is our mission in the Food Service Department to debunk these myths that school food is "gross" or "unhealthy". There are so many reasons to celebrate school lunch! Take the traditional childhood favorite - PIZZA - for … Continue reading How Does PPS School Lunch Pizza Measure Up?
The Food Service Department held their Back to School Training at the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers building on Monday. The group stayed busy during their day long training through engaging activities, brain breaks, and discussions. The topic of discussion? The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement in Pittsburgh Public Schools. Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) has been awarded a … Continue reading Food Service Team Gears Up for a Fun and Healthy Year!