June 2012

Ms. Lormilus’ First Grade Class at the Lee Academy in Dorchester celebrated their first place win in the 2012 Give the Healthy Choice a Voice competetion for their “Eat Healthy, Grow Strong” video:

The class celebrated with a certificate ceremony, fresh fruit & vegetable stand, healthy snacks, and dancing!  Thanks to everyone who submitted entries to the competition this year & congratulation to the Lee School!


Click on the badge below to view an interactive map of Free Summer Meal Sites across Boston.  Breakfast and lunch is available to children and teens under 18, and no registration of ID is required.  See HERE for more information about the Summer Food Service Program.

Attention Boston parents and youth!  FREE MEALS (breakfast & lunch) are available this summer for children and teens under the age of 18.

No registration or ID required.  Over 140 sites across Boston.  The program operates from June 25th to August 31st.

To find a site near you, visit www.mealsforkids.org or call the Project Bread Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.

Please join us for the kick off barbecue, July 10th from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Hyde Park Community Center.

The Summer Food Service Program is a partnership between The United States Department of Agriculture, Project Bread, the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Department of Food and Nutrition Services at Boston Public Schools.  

Students at the Curley Upper School, in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, had the opportunity to “preview” and sample the salad bar that will operate in their cafeteria next year.  The Salad Bar, provided via the Salad Bars to Schools Foundation, was funded by the local Jamaica Plain Whole Foods Market.

Curley Principal Jeff Slater, along with Guidance Counselor Susan Trotz, both instrumental in the success of the project, were thrilled to see their students excited about healthy eating.  On the three days the bar operated this year, almost half of the students eating lunch in the cafeteria at the Curley school opted for the salad bar.  The bar was stocked with fresh romaine lettuce, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, sliced red cabbage, bean salads, turkey, ham, and low-fat mozzarella cheese.  Served with a choice of milk and whole wheat pita or rolls, the salad bar option is a full reimbursable school meal.

The Curley salad bar is the first salad bar in BPS to open and operate at the Middle School level, and along with 5 bars in BPS High Schools, is one of 6 bars currently in service across the district.  FNS staff, lead by Cafeteria Manager Rina Santillian, are excited about continuing the salad bar in the 2012-2013 school year.

Couple quick pictures taken at Lee Elementary last week.  Cafeteria Manager, Marilyn Taylor-Hill has piloted yogurt and fruit parfaits.  Vanilla yogurt, crunchy granola, and fruit = breakfast done right!  Thanks to the Food & Nutrition Services staff at the Lee for all their hard work.

The Boston Public School’s Farm to School Initiative is thrilled to be featured in First Lady Michelle Obama’s new book American Grown, The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.  The BPS Farm to School Initiative’s Local Lunch Thursday, which brings locally grown produce like squash, rutabaga, collard greens, and strawberries to the lunch line at all 46 full service cafeterias across the district, was highlighted along other innovative programs in school districts and communities nation wide.  Kim Szeto, the Farm to School Coordinator for Boston, is quoted in American Grown: “We often bring the whole vegetable or seedling into the cafeteria along with the samples to show students.  The more kids know about these vegetable, the more them might like to eat them and even grow them.”

Our judges have cast their votes, and we are proud to announce the 2012 Give the Healthy Choice a Voice winners!

[drum roll, please…]

First Place:  Lee Academy Pilot School, Ms. Bernadine Lormilus’ First Grade Class 

Second Place: English High School, David Jepson, Tracy Lynn Pagan, Sasha Carter. Click this link to view the 2nd place video:


Third Place: East Boston High School, Iliana Flores, Carl Azores, Jeffry Flores, Marvin Depaz, Jairo Quintanilla

Congratulations to each of our winners! And thank you to all of our participants for giving the healthy choice a voice this year! Please look out for details about the 2013 Give the Healthy Choice a Voice Contest next fall.

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