April 2012


Klaus Pichler’s photography series “One Third” portrays food in advanced stages of decay.  The series is a commentary on the gross amount of food wasted worldwide – according to 2011 UN estimates, approximately one-third of the world’s food supply is thrown out.  Of course, the developed world is the main culprit here, wasting up to 10 times more food annually than developing countries according to a recent NPR article

Pichler, playing on notions of consumer culture, photographs the decaying food as you might a high-end piece of jewlery or car.  See the entire series HERE.

Food waste is, of course, a major concern for schools districts across the country, especially as we increase the amount and variety of fresh fruits and vegetables offered on our lunch trays.  We count on broad-based community support and education in classrooms, at home, and in the cafeteria to combat this issue and encourage students to take full advantage of the nutrients on their plates. 

Wednesday April 4, Boston Public School’s Department of Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) in partnership with Whitsons Culinary Group launched a travelling salad bar program at the Nathan Hale School in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. 

The salad bar was overwhelmingly well-received by students and staff at the Hale School, thanks in large to the support of the entire FNS team and Principal Sandra Mitchell-Woods.  Students were offered fresh lettuces, cherry tomatoes, sliced peaches, cucumbers, shredded carrots, low fat shredded mozzarella, and garbanzo beans as a side salad along with a choice of whole grain mac and cheese or a whole grain turkey sandwich. 

The Nathan Hale is one of our “Satellite Schools” – schools without a kitchen on site – serviced by Whitsons Culinary.  Between the spring and fall of 2011, FNS launched permanent bars in 5 high schools with full cafeterias.  The travelling salad bar is a pilot project with the intention of increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at Satellite Schools, and fostering food equity across the district. 

Pending a positive response from students and staff, the program will expanded with additional travelling salad bars next year.

Deadline for all submissions EXTENDED to Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 5pm!

When was the last time YOU saw a commercial or heard a jingle promoting fresh fruits and vegetables? Help the BPS Farm to School Initiative give the healthy choice a voice by entering this year’s contest!

It’s not to late to enter!  Submit your best 30-90 second commercials, songs/jingles, or public service announcements that promote the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy food choices in general.

All BPS students are welcome to participate! Click here for contest rules, guidelines and entry form.

Prizes will be presented to the top three video submissions and the top three audio submissions at an award ceremony in early June!

If you have any questions please contact Kim Szeto, BPS Farm to School Coordinator at kszeto[at]boston.k12.ma.us for more information.