FoodCorps2Earlier this month we highlighted  Annabel Raby and Amanda Chin, FoodCorps Service Members in BPS working with City Sprouts.  For our final National Farm to School Month post, we are highlighting two more amazing FoodCorps Service Members working with Boston Public Schools: Harry Meltzer and Christine Randall.

Harry is working with the Boston Green Academy located in the in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, to bring food into the curriculum throughout content-areas, helping students connect to food through science, mathematics, humanities, social justice, and personal experience. Harry is also helping to build a new garden and set up indoor gardening in classrooms to help our students and staff immerse themselves in the excitement of fresh, healthy food!

In the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Christine is working with The Food Project, leading four weekly 3rd grade classes about food, plant science, and cooking at John Winthrop Elementary School and Samuel W. Mason Elementary School. Christine also assists with organizing and running workdays for Root Crew members at The Food Project. Root Crew is a yearlong, capstone experience in which high school students, from the city and suburbs, develop skills in urban farming, teaching, and facilitating to promote food system change.

Our community partners are bringing farm to school lessons alive in the classroom and in school gardens for BPS students across the district!

Check out USDA’s video “Healthy Habits Take Root – Engaging the Community in Farm to School Efforts” to learn about how other districts are partnering with their communities to support farm to school:

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This Friday, October 24, 2014 is Food Day!  In celebration of Food Day, we are featuring a VEGGIE SPECIAL PIZZA on the menu in all of our cafeteria schools.  During our annual back to school training at the end of August, we hosted the first ever BPS Best Pizza Slice Competition in partnership with the Schwann’s Food Company (manufacturer of Big Daddy’s Pizza).

Our cafeteria managers worked in teams to develop a new pizza topping recipe for the menu and presented their best ideas to a panel of 9 judges.   Although all of the pizzas were delicious and beautifully presented, the pizza that stood out above the rest was the VEGGIE SPECIAL PIZZA inspired by Ellen Eddy from Harvard-Kent K-8 School, Jay Manoli from Lila Frederick Middle School, Heidi Rivera from the Henderson Inclusion Elementary School, and Miriam Soriano from English High School.

Here are some photos of our managers during the the Best Pizza Slice Competition:

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The original recipe was slightly modified  to incorporate a fresh, LOCALLY GROWN vegetable medley of butternut squash, rutabaga and carrots in place of a frozen vegetable medley.  In addition to the locally grown vegetable medley this VEGGIE SPECIAL PIZZA also includes kale, broccoli, peas, cherry tomatoes, and green peppers.

Hope you get in line THIS FRIDAY to try the VEGGIE SPECIAL PIZZA to celebrate Food Day and National Farm to School Month.

 

How are other districts serving up their local harvest?  Check out USDA’s latest video about Healthy Habits Taking Root: Going Local.

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Happy National School Lunch Week!

What’s new in the cafeterias in Boston Public Schools?

In our Satellite Schools, Whitsons Culinary Group is introducing new FRESH salads this year.  Try all 5 different varieties: Greek Salad, Buffalo Chicken Salad, Crispy Chicken Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad, and Cobb Salad. Salads are featured on the satellite menus 2 days a week.

In our cafeteria schools we are continuing to serve a variety of fresh entree salads and side salads.  This year, we are also introducing a few new recipes that our chefs from Project Bread tested last spring in select schools across the city.  A NEW favorite is the Pollo Guisado. The Pollo Guisado is a our roasted chicken cooked in a tasty marinade of our homemade adobe seasoning mix, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and cilantro! The Pollo Guisado is on the menu again on Thursday October 30, 2014.  Get in line and give it a try!

Wondering what’s on the menu this week?  Check out our menus on the Menu Page and hope you will join us in celebrating National School Lunch Week by getting in the lunch line!

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Boston Public Schools (BPS) has wonderful partners that help support farm to school and school garden efforts in our schools.  This week we are highlighting CitySprouts and FoodCorps as one our BPS Farm to School partners that’s making an impact in our schools.  Annabel Raby and Amanda Chin are FoodCorps Service Members with City Sprouts working with Orchard Gardens K-8 School, Mather Elementary School and Higginson-Lewis K-8 School this year.

Amanda is managing the Food Pantry at Orchard Gardens K-8 School once a month serving 200 families who live in surrounding neighborhoods. She is also leading a CitySprouts after school program at the Orchard Gardens K-8 School in collaboration with Citizens Schools that will use food justice issues and the local food system as a topics developing communication skills with a class of 7th graders.

Annabel is leading Team Grow, CitySprouts after school program in Boston, at the Mather Elementary School (with 4th and 5th graders) and at the Higginson-Lewis School (with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders).  These students will be examining the interdependence of the garden’s ecosystem and learning how to support each other through growing, harvesting, and cooking food from the garden.

Amanda and Annabel are supporting food education and distribution in our schools and we are thankful for the impact that they will have on our students at Orchard Garden Pilot School, Mather Elementary School and Higginson-Lewis K-8 School this year!

Also check out how Farm to School efforts across the country are impacting students in a healthy way:

 

Wondering what’s locally grown in Boston Public Schools meals? Check out the locally grown carrot coins that are on the menu this Thursday!

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September 29-October 3, 2014 is MA Harvest for Students Week and the start of National Farm to School Month!

On October 2, 2014, Boston Public Schools is featuring locally grown corn for Local Lunch Thursday.  Also look out for other locally grown items available at the East Boston High Salad Bar that is re-opening this week as well!

Deborah Kane, National Director of the USDA Farm to School Program is launching a series of videos each week to celebrate National Farm to School Month.  Check out the first video here:

Check back here each week to learn something new about Farm to School in the month of October!

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Come to Copley Square on September 27th for the 3rd Annual Let’s Talk About Food Festival!

Looking for fresh ideas for family meals? Join Sally Sampson of Chop Chop magazine and former White House Chef Bill Yossesfor a cooking demonstration aimed at turning kids on to healthy foods and cooking.

Stop by the Chop Chop cooking tent for some hands-on fun! Kids assemble healthy after-school snacks.

Check out Project Bread’s School Food Fair, featuring cooking demonstrations and taste testing every hour on the hour with fresh, healthy, innovative school food dishes straight out of Project Bread’s school food cookbook.

If that’s not enough, free screenings of Fed Up! and Cafeteria Man, two of the year’s most important food-focused documentaries, both shining a light on children and food in Trinity Church.

Activities for kids and families throughout the day!
The Festival is FREE and open to all!

Check the festival website for full schedule details: http://www.boston.com/sponsored/extra/letstalkaboutfood/festival

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Monday, September 22, 2014, BPS will launch the first salad bar line this school year at the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain. This fall, FNS will pilot salad bar lines at select schools to assess the best models for implementation and the possibility for future expansion. We hope to identify the most efficient service models that allow the most students to enjoy the salad bar during lunch.

CurleyK-8_logoAt the Curley K-8 School the Salad Bar* (free standing salad bar equipment) will be available 2 days a week and a Made‐to-Order Salad Bar Line will be available 3 days a week.**

Salads from the salad bar are FREE to all students when they select a complete meal. Choosing at least 3 out of 5 components (i.e. lettuce + 2 items) ensures a complete, reimbursable meal according to the National School Lunch Program.  The salad bar will also be available to adults for a flat rate of $4.00 per salad.

What makes a complete meal on the salad bar? Follow these 3 easy steps to build your salad:

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Options may vary daily based on availability. Choosing at least 3 out of 5 components (components include: fruits, vegetables, meat/meat alternate, grain and milk) will ensure a complete, reimbursable meal.

We hope the Curley K-8 students enjoy a variety of healthy options on the salad bar Monday!

 

*The Salad Bar equipment at the Curley K-8 School has been provided by the Salad Bars to Schools Foundation, and was funded by the local Jamaica Plain Whole Foods Market.

**Boston Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services Department may temporarily close the salad bar at any time if food safety violations or operational issues arise. 

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