Posted by Joan Shorter, Director of Food & Nutrition Services, Prince George’s County Public Schools on March 30, 2013
When the new school meal pattern rules were released as part of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, I knew Prince George’s County Schools (PGCPS) were ready. In fact, our district food service program has been serving healthier choices for years. Our kids have embraced the healthier fare and parents have also fully supported our menu choices. And at PGCPS we pay special attention to breakfast—hands-down the most important meal of the day. It gives our students energy to start their day equipped and ready to learn.
Posted by Steve Watson, Southeast Regional Office Public Affairs, Food and Nutrition Service on March 30, 2013
Farm to School is an important ingredient in the recipe for successful school meals in Lamar County, Mississippi.
Posted by Chris Kelly, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Mid-Atlantic Region, Public Affairs on March 29, 2013
Students eating lunch at Springfield Elementary School are going crazy, captivated by the arrival of Saladman. Clad in a green cape, hat and mask, Saladman bounds from table to table in the school cafeteria proclaiming the benefits of eating fresh vegetables. His over-the-top enthusiasm delights the whole room as he passes out samples from the salad bar before enticing the throng of youthful diners to join him for some jumping jacks and pushups.
Posted by Lilly Bouie, Child Nutrition Director, Little Rock School District, Arkansas on March 28, 2013
When I first heard about it, I didn’t believe that breakfast in the classroom would be possible. As a food service director, I thought that’s what the cafeteria was for. But now, I’m the one selling it to anyone who will listen.
Posted by Terri Romine-Ortega, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Southwest Region on March 28, 2013
Eating in the classroom can be a messy affair, but in Las Cruces, New Mexico, it is also a great learning experience! Students in 24 elementary schools and one middle school are learning about healthy foods through snack-making lessons and hands-on tasting experiences right in the classroom. Kids are grinding grain, growing sprouts in the classroom, planting gardens and tasting new fruits and vegetables.
Posted by Tony Cook, Director, Nutrition Services, Washoe County School District on March 28, 2013
Since September of 2010, Washoe County School District (WCSD) has taken an active approach to offer more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to our students. With the complete integration of the new USDA meal pattern, WCSD now offers at least six fruit and vegetable options each day.
Posted by Cecelia Camp, Food Services Manager and Nessia Berner, Program Specialist, USDA on March 27, 2013
Kihei Public Charter School (KPCS) in Hawaii is unique—the school relies on its immediate neighborhood for all hot items served in its cafeteria.
Posted by Christopher Sponn on March 27, 2013
Becoming a champion it takes more than staying active -- healthy eating is key, too. We asked members of the LA Galaxy and LA Kings who visited the White House yesterday to celebrate their championships to share their go-to healthy game-day fueling up strategies. We couldn't help but notice these athletic stars all had some pretty similar advice about what kids should eat before play! Check it out below:
Posted by Doreen Simonds, Associate Director, Nutrition and Purchasing Services, Waterford Public Schools, Waterford, Michigan on March 27, 2013
“Let’s Move! and get on the right track” became our mission a few short years ago at Waterford. Our journey began with a Michigan Team Nutrition Wellness grant that taught us about the HealthierUS School Challenge and the many wellness and menu changes we needed. Our first focus was encouraging students to embrace new foods.
Posted by Steve Watson, Southeast Regional Office Public Affairs, Food and Nutrition Service on March 26, 2013
Carrollton City Schools school meal service in Carrollton, Georgia are meeting the new meal standards through innovation, community involvement and farm-to-school products. The school has gotten a local chef involved in planning and preparing foods for students. Some of the recipes are so popular, kids are asking their parents to recreate the school lunch dishes at home!