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.
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
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!
The Food Service Department has successfully rolled out 4 Smarter Lunchrooms Movement makeovers in all 56 schools across the district. The makeovers are designed to get kids to choose the healthier option at lunch without them giving it too much thought. These changes are based in behavioral economics research done at Cornell University. The four … Continue reading The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement is Underway!
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?