Did you know, children who eat breakfast at school, closer to class and test-taking time, perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home? Or that children who eat breakfast show improved cognitive function, attention, and memory? At the Pittsburgh Public School District (PPS), the Food Service Department knows … Continue reading The Pittsburgh Public School District Celebrates National School Breakfast Week
School is almost out for the summer! The city of Pittsburgh provides free food to all children under the age of 18 all summer long. See flyer below for more information.
Getting kids to eat fresh produce can be a challenge, but we've got a plan! When it comes to serving kids, we know a thing or two. We know that color and variety appeal to children, and we know that kids love (and obsess over) ranch dressing. Using these principals, some cafeterias in Pittsburgh … Continue reading Vertical Veggies
"Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today's youth to lead healthier lives. Fuel Up to Play 60 and the NFL are once again coming together to support local schools and communities through the … Continue reading Fuel Up to Play 60
Debbie Maurice at Brookline Elementary School wanted to increase meal participation, so she used the oldest trick in the book - make eating school meals fun for students! Once every month at Brookline Elementary, students enter the cafeteria and are excited to find out that it is Lucky Tray Day. The Food Service employees choose two lunch … Continue reading Lucky Tray Day!
Students across the nation are sarcastically tweeting #thanksmichelleobama and posting pictures of their unsatisfactory school lunches. The National School Lunch Program is taking a lot of heat after Michelle Obama and the White House imposed new regulations aimed to make the school day healthier. However, what the posted photos do not show, and what the … Continue reading #thanksmichelleobama
It's cold outside. What better way to warm up than a bowl of chili! Students will be trying Chili con Carne next week in certain schools across the district. This meal is packed with 20 grams of muscle building protein to keep students satisfied throughout the day.
Halloween is a time to be silly and dress up like your favorite characters. Indulging in sweet treats once and a while is okay, but on Halloween it is easy to get carried away. At Pittsburgh Sterrett, the lunch team came up with some creative ways to stay healthy this Halloween! Do you have fun pictures … Continue reading Healthy Halloween Spirit in Pittsburgh!
We have worked hard to make our meals healthier by restricting sodium and saturated fat, controlling calories for the appropriate age range, and offering ample fruit and vegetable selections. Even with all of this change, we still see students throw out portions of their meals each day. A study done in Boston Public Schools suggests that not … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Plate Waste
New menu items are being introduced while the standards for healthy meals are being enforced. We aim to provide choices that not only fit into new healthy guidelines, but look appetizing and taste as good as they look! We want students to be a part of the menu planning process since they are the ones whose opinions … Continue reading We Want Your Feedback!