June 2013

strawberriesIt’s that time of the year again in Boston: strawberries are in, and school is almost out!  Last week cafeterias across the city served up fresh locally grown strawberries on the lunch line.  These strawberries were grown by Farmer Joe (Czajkowski) and his team at Czajkowski Farm in Haldey, MA.  This is the 4th year Boston Public Schools has proudly served up these first fruits of the season.

Just because school is wrapping up for the summer doesn’t mean you have to stop eating fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies! Boston has close to 30 farmers markets across the city selling a variety of locally grown produce, meats, flowers and other added-value products.  To find a farmers market near you, check out www.bostonfarmersmarkets.org.

Select farmers markets in Boston are accepting SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, also known as food stamps, AND matching SNAP benefits with a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10 through the Bounty Bucks Program.

Hope to see you enjoying the local harvest at the a farmers market near YOU this summer!


MPalmisanoThis year, our very own Margaret Palmisano, Cafeteria Manager at the Rogers Middle School, was honored with the title Employee of the Month* at the Rogers.  Margaret has exemplified exceptional customer service for both students in the cafeteria and for parents who call with concerns regarding school food.  She has also supported the school’s recycling efforts, and is always a role model of kindness and respect in her cafeteria.

Margaret has worked with Food and Nutrition Services for 11 years, and became a manager at the Rogers seven years ago.  She oversees 6 cafeteria attendants, and together they serve around 500 students each day!  Margaret’s favorite school lunch is chicken teriyaki over rice.  (yumm!)

We asked Margaret, “What do you love most about the work that you are doing?” and she told us,

“I truly love being a part of the daily lives of the students here at the Rogers, now that I have been here for seven years  I have seen two sets of 6th graders grow into young ladies and gentlemen!! I hope that they take away some great memories from their days in my cafeteria as they enter the next phase of their lives.”

And just in case you are wondering what Margaret likes to do when she isn’t working hard at the Rogers cafeteria…Margaret is a “Dance Mom” and loves being involved with her daughters at their dance school where she makes a lot of costume alterations for the dance teams.  She is also President of the Board of Directors for the Melrose Youth Ballet where she runs a full length professional production of the Nutcracker each year!

Dance Mom and an All-Star Cafeteria Manager, we are proud to have Margaret as a part of our Food and Nutrition Services team here at Boston Public Schools!

Margaret Palmisano and her team at the Rogers Middle School Cafeteria.

Margaret Palmisano and her team at the Rogers Middle School Cafeteria.


*Margaret Palmisano was Employee of the Month at Rogers Middle School in February 2013. However, due to Margaret’s humble nature, we didn’t find out till the end of May!