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

Brain Power at Breakfast

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

A Taste of University Prep

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

The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement is Underway!

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!

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?