September 2012


In honor of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, MA FoodCorps Team rolled up their sleeves and put their shovels in the dirt to build BPS Food and Nutrition Services Department a new garden.

BIG THANK YOU to Sadie Richards, MA FoodCorps Fellow (former MA FoodCorps Service Member at Dearborn Middle School) and her Boston team Marlie Wilson, Stephanie Simmons, Norris Guscott, and Dan Chamberlain for turning our overgrown milkweed patch into a small patch of inspiration!  What better way to inspire fresh healthy school meals than to have a vegetable garden right outside our office!  We are looking forward to a fall crop of radishes, kale, swiss chard, arugula, and more.

This year’s FoodCorps Team will be working with The Food Project and CitySprouts at the Dearborn Middle School and Orchard Gardens K-8 School in Roxbury.  They will be engaging students and teachers with their school gardens, supporting our farm to school efforts in the cafeterias and much more.  We are looking forward to another exciting year with FoodCorps in BPS this year!  THANKS FOODCORPS!

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News stories in the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe during the first few days of school echo the excitement of Food and Nutrition Service about free breakfast for all Boston school students.

Starting on the first day of school, September 6, all students at all Boston schools were offered the opportunity to start the day with a healthy, free meal.  The program is applauded by nutritionists, principals, and students.

The Boston Globe article refers to a study that measured the impact of school breakfast in 16 Boston public schools.  The study showed that increasing student participation in school breakfast also improved nutrition, school attendance, emotional functioning, and math grades.

To read the full articles check out the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe websites.

Welcome back!

Hope you had a wonderful summer!  We have some exciting information to share with you on the first day of school…

What’s new at FNS?

1) ONLINE MEAL APPLICATIONS.  Boston Public Schools now has an online Meal Application for FREE and REDUCED PRICED MEALS available on the Boston Public Schools Website! If you/your child is attending a Provision 2 school, you will not need to fill out a meal application this year and will automatically receive free lunch this year.  Wondering if your school is on this listCheck here.

For all other students, please fill out an online meal application.  Meal applications will soon be available in Cape Verdean, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. Check out Boston Public Schools website for more details.

2) FREE BREAKFAST for ALL BPS STUDENTS. Yes, that’s right, FREE BREAKFAST for ALL BPS STUDENTS this year!  No matter what school you/your child is attending this year BPS is offering free breakfast at all sites.  We want every student to have the opportunity to start the day off right with a healthy meal!

3) USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is back!   MA Department of Early and Secondary Education has awarded BPS a total of $791,640 for 27 schools across the city.  Participating schools will receive additional servings of fresh fruits and vegetables above and beyond the school breakfast and lunch program.  Some of the items served last year include clementines, persimmons, pineapples, and much more!  We are looking forward to bringing a wide variety of produce to our FFVP schools again this year.

Hope to see you in the cafeteria this year!