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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. 

FNS_CityGrowers_theMOVEAs summer winds down, BPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) staff is gearing up for the start of school on Thursday September 4th, 2014. We’ve spent the last week hosting various training and professional development opportunities for our cafeteria staff as they prepare their kitchens for another year of healthy, tasty school meals.

thMOVE_BPS_FFG_CGThis year, members of our FNS management team also spent a day out in the fields (literally!) reconnecting with our own stories of growing and eating healthy, sustainable foods. Through a partnership with theMOVE, a local non-profit that takes BPS students on reflective farm volunteer trips, our team alongside trainees from the Urban Farming Institute of Boston, helped harvest lettuce, stake tomatoes and weed squash beds at City Growers right off of Blue Hill Ave in Dorchester, MA.

Our staff also had the opportunity to hear from Cassandria Campbell, a BPS graduate and co-founder of Fresh Food Generation,  and taste a delicious spread of locally grown vegetables, jerk chicken, and rice and beans prepared by the new food truck and catering business aimed at improving access to healthy, affordable, foods in low-income neighborhoods here in Boston. It is days like these help our team to refocus, re-energize and remember why we do the work that we do to bring Boston’s students healthy and delicious meals each day.

Here’s an inspiring Ted Talk by Jarret J. Krosoczka author and illustrator of the Super Hero Lunch Lady graphic novels to remind us all of the important role that our staff plays in feeding and shaping our students each day.

Here’s to a great start to the 2014-2015 school year!

 

 

USDA’s Farm to School Implementation Grant helped to support this farm volunteer opportunity with theMOVE, City Growers and Fresh Food Generation.

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On July 10th, 2014 BPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) kicked off the summer with a barbeque at the Thomas M. Menino Community Center in Roslindale.  The youth from the community center enjoyed hot dogs, watermelon slices, coleslaw and potato salad prepared by Whitsons Culinary Group, this year’s Summer Food Service Program vendor.

Guest speakers included Kurt Messner, an Acting Regional Administrator from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Katie Millet, Executive Director of the Office for Nutrition, Health & Safety Programs at the Department of Early and Secondary Education (DESE), Edith Murnane, Director of Food Initiatives for the City of Boston, Deb Ventricelli, BPS FNS Deputy Director, and Cynthia Johnson, Director of the Thomas M. Menino Community Center.

Representatives from Chop Chop Magazine, the New England Dairy Council, and Project Bread also joined the festivities to promote the Summer Food Service Program.  For more images from the event, check out the article on Wicked Local.

Wondering where to find lunch this summer? Visit an open site this summer!  Details about open sites can be found at the Summer Food Service Program resource page.

 

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That’s right!  School is out, and summer programs across the city of Boston start today.

USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free meals for ALL children 18 years of age and under, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap. This year, SFSP will run from  June 30,  2014 through August 29, 2014.   SFSP is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early and Secondary Education and sponsored by USDA, Project Bread and the Boston Public Schools, Department of Food and Nutrition Services.

For a print-friendly list of open sites, click here to download a PDF. Or check out this map to find a location nearest to you!

For additional information about these open sites, please call Project Bread’s Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.

Have a great summer!

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New England Channel News (NECN) Making the Grade report recently highlighted the unique partnership between the Mission Hill School and The Farm School in Athol, MA.  The Farm School is an educational non-profit that has been teaching students and adults about sustainability and farming for 25 years. Since 1997, the Mission Hill School has been partnering with The Farm School to bring students out to the farm each year for some hands on learning.  Check out the video on NECN.com!

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