Fresh School Garden Produce Inspires New Menu Options

As the harvest season comes to an end and Farm to School Month approaches, Southampton Union Free School District (NY) school gardens final crops are producing  various squash and pumpkins for school meals. To ensure her students have access to healthy, fresh ingredients and nutritious new menu options throughout the whole school year, district Food Service Director Regan Kiembock works with a number of local farmers as well.21192762_1863359707014577_4104292490504018530_n

The district’s impressive garden is organized by the Southampton School Garden Committee and is funded through a number of grants. Since produce is regularly used in school meals, funds are set aside from the school lunch fund to buy supplies as needed. Nearby Cornell Cooperative Extension also helps support the gardening efforts with free seeds in the spring. Items grown in the school garden include a wide variety of lettuce, along with asparagus, onions, squashes, pumpkins, raspberries, kale, peas, garlic, herbs, tomatoes, beets and carrots. Read more…

Parents Take A Peek Inside The Cafeteria

A great way for parents to learn about their child’s school nutrition program firsthand, National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day started in 2011 by Kiwi Magazine together with School Nutrition Association. Typically during National School Lunch Week in October, schools invite parents to eat lunch with their children and see what has changed over the years.   Read more…

School Nutrition Directors Recognized for Excellence

The national non-profit, School Nutrition Association (SNA), has awarded the 2018 Regional Directors of the Year, celebrating individuals for excellence in leadership and commitment to their school meal programs. Excelling at budgeting, professional training and leading cafeteria staff in great customer service, these Regional Directors of the Year ensure the overall success of their school meal programs and students’ school day. Read more…

Virginia District Highlights Breakfast in Weeklong Celebrations

Food & Nutrition Service professionals in Virginia’s Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) went above and beyond for National School Breakfast Week this year. Their engaging breakfast program promotions helped boost school breakfast participation by 31% over the same time-frame last year! With a full schedule of programs available, school staff and parents were encouraged to make this week exciting and informative, highlighting the benefits and opportunities for students to enjoy a nourishing meal every morning at school. Read more…

Massachusetts School Director Named National School Nutrition Hero

Serving healthy school meals to Billerica Public Schools (MA) students for more than 12 years, Director of School Nutrition April Laskey, SNS, also strives to meet her students’ needs beyond school doors. Due to her generous and heartfelt efforts across the district and in her community, the non-profit School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) has recognized April as one of five 2018 national School Nutrition Heroes. Read more…