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May 1, 2015 is School Lunch Hero Day!  We know that our students are better learners when their stomachs aren’t grumbling. Every day our cafeteria staff plays a HUGE role in making sure our students have healthy meals to eat at school each day.

Today we are saying THANK YOU to over 400 BPS school food professionals who prepare around 40,000 meals every day for BPS students.  These women and men work hard as they aim to prepare healthy, tasty meals that meet federal nutrition standards and student preferences on the lunch line.

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At the Mather Elementary School in Dorchester, FoodCorps Service Member Annabel Raby organized a cafeteria staff appreciation day to honor and thank the staff with posters and aprons decorated by the students.

Hope you will also take a moment to say THANK YOU to your cafeteria staff today!

School Lunch Hero Day was started by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series to say THANK YOU to his childhood school lunch hero and all the women and men who continue to serve and care for our students every day in our school cafeterias.

Check out this YouTube video to learn more about School Lunch Hero Day!

 

School-Breakfast-Fuels-Greatness-Edison-School-3.10.15Earlier this week, New England Patriots Safety Duron Harmon, Former New England Patriots Tight End Jermaine Wiggins, Massachusetts dairy farmer Susan Shields and Audrey Rowe of the Food and Nutrition Service at the United States Department of Agriculture visited Thomas A. Edison School in Brighton to get students excited about school breakfast. Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation’s largest in-school wellness program and has launched a “Fuel Greatness” campaign to mobilize communities to take action and advocate for, and implement, alternative breakfast options in school districts nationwide.

“School breakfast provides students with a solid foundation for learning,” said Wiggins. “It provides the fuel they need to set their day in a positive direction toward success at school which is important each and every day.” “School breakfast is one of the most important things we can offer our students,” said Mary Driscoll, Principal, Thomas A. Edison School. “It is our duty as school leaders to make sure our students have access to healthy foods at school throughout the day. School breakfast is essential to a child’s ability to learn. It’s a tool for success just like books, homework and class time.”

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Students who eat breakfast at school are more likely to succeed in the classroom, and thanks to the Cabot Family Charitable Trust and New England Dairy & Food Council, students at six Boston Public Schools, including the Thomas A. Edison School, are eating a healthy breakfast more often. To help support the expansion of school breakfast in Boston Public Schools, $25,000 in funding was provided by the Trust to New England Dairy & Food Council.

These funds go a long way toward helping students develop healthy behaviors at school that fuel greatness in the classroom and will benefit them for a lifetime” said Katherine S. McHugh, executive director, Cabot Family Charitable Trust.Research demonstrates that good nutrition, including daily breakfast, and increased physical activity can lead to improved academic performance1, but according to one study, more than 60 percent of students do not eat breakfast each day.2 Many kids are showing up to school hungry, and hungry kids may not be able to succeed in the classroom.

“Good nutrition is as critical to a child’s overall success as the curriculum that our schools teach every day,” said Audrey Rowe, the Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “A well-balanced breakfast offers an important nutritional foundation and charts the course for a healthier next generation.”

To learn more about Fuel Greatness, Fuel Up to Play 60, and school breakfast, visit: http://www.fueluptoplay60.com. Join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at #FuelGreatness

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Last Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with New England Dairy & Food Council (NEDFC), representing more than 150 dairy farm families in Massachusetts, awarded the Edward Everett Elementary School in Dorchester with a $20,000 ‘Hometown Grant’ to support nutrition and physical activity programs within the school. The school celebrated the grant with an event featuring New England Patriots players including wide receiver Julian Edelman, Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft and Massachusetts Dairy Farmer Marlow Duffy.

“We were excited to visit the Edward Everett School and present them with this Hometown grant,” said Kraft. “We can see the faculty and students passion for health and wellness and wanted to be able to show our support. It is our hope that this grant will help provide much needed equipment and renovations to help the students continue to play 60 minutes a day.”

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh was particularly thrilled to learn of this grant, as he attended the Everett Elementary school as a student. “This contribution from the New England Patriots and Massachusetts Dairy Farm Families will help provide much needed programming for Boston Public Schools students,” said Mayor Walsh. “Our students should have unlimited access to physical activities and health initiatives to help them grow and thrive in the classroom. Both the Patriots and Dairy Farm Families have been longtime supporters of the City of Boston and the well-being of our youth, and I’d like to extend my gratitude to them.”

“We are honored to be presented with this grant and the opportunity to further strengthen our school’s wellness and physical activity programming for our 287 students,” said Laura Miceli, principal, Edward Everett Elementary School, Dorchester, MA.

During the event, the students heard from New England Patriots players, including wide receiver Julian Edelman, about the importance to being active for at least 60 minutes every day and fueling up with nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat and fat-free dairy.

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Created in partnership by the National Football League and National Dairy Council, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation’s largest in-school wellness program creating real transformational change in nearly 74,000 schools nationwide, including more than 1,600 schools in Massachusetts. The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The ultimate goal is to ensure changes made at school are sustainable, and to provide children with more opportunities to be physically active and choose tasty, nutrient-rich foods at school.

To learn more, visit http://www.FuelUpToPlay60.com.

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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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What is Food Day?  Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.   Every day in Boston Public Schools we are trying to provide our students with healthy affordable, tasty meals.

BPS celebrated Food Day by serving up:

Cheeseburgers made with 100% ground beef (that means no “fillers”!) on whole wheat buns.

Homemade Southwest Vegetable Soup featuring locally grown butternut squash.  This was a recipe developed a few years ago by our former Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Manager, Alex Emmott, and voted on by students in multiple schools across the city.

Locally grown carrot coins, grown by Joe Czajkowski’s Farm in Hadley, MA (also where the local butternut squash was from!) and a fresh pear.

The best part of this meal is that these items are REGULARLY featured on the menu throughout the year! You don’t have to wait till next year’s Food Day to have a healthy tasty lunch!

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What else did we do to celebrate Food Day this year?

At the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Jamaica Plain, Ms. Moody’s 4th graders talked about their favorite vegetable recipes and planted garlic in their school garden.  Special guests included, Sadie Richards (our former FoodCorps Service Member), Sebastian Downs, BPS Green Schools Volunteer Management Coordinator, and Phoebe Beierle, BPS Sustainability Manager joined Ms. Moody’s class to talk about Food Day and how garlic grows.

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How did YOU celebrate Food Day in YOUR school this year?

 

[1/27/2014] The 2013 Food Day Report is now available! 

 

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Yesterday, July 10, 2013, BPS Food and Nutrition Services hosted the annual Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Kick-Off BBQ at the Shelburne Community Center in Roxbury.  Special guest speakers included Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at USDA, James Arena-DeRosa, Northeast Regional Administrator for USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services, Robert Leshin, Assistant Director of MA Department of Early and Secondary Education, and our very own Michael Peck, Director of BPS Food and Nutrition Services Department.*

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Our speakers reminded students about the importance of the SFSP, particularly in Boston where there are more summer food service sites than there are schools in the Boston Public Schools.  This year MA has over 830 SFSP sites across the state, and 150 of those sites are located in Boston.

SFSP2013_OpenSite_MapThe SFSP offers free meals for children 18 years of age and under, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap. This year the program will run from July 1, 2013 through August 30, 2013. Click here to see an interactive map of all of our open sites or check out the SFSP information page for more details.

Over 120 youth came through the barbeque line yesterday and enjoyed a delicious lunch of hot dogs, grilled chicken, coleslaw, watermelon and milk. Also special thanks to our partners at Fuel Up to Play 60, Project Bread and the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness who brought all sorts of fun games and giveaways for the kids.

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Don’t miss out on breakfast or lunch just because school is out this summer!  Come eat at an SFSP site near you this summer!

*Mayor Thomas M. Menino was also scheduled to speak, but was unable to attend.

mather--031-RCastagnaMay 30, 2013 – Superintendent Dr. Carol R. Johnson and students from the Mather Elementary School came together with Newman’s Own Foundation, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), Project Bread, New England Dairy and Food Council (NEDFC), state officials, and Boston native and former NFL player Jermaine Wiggins to celebrate Boston’s success of Breakfast in the Classroom.

With support from Newman’s Own Foundation, Boston Public Schools has implemented Breakfast in the Classroom in eight  elementary schools this year. As a result, an additional 600 children receive breakfast each day in our schools, a 49 percent increase in participation.

Research shows a range of benefits from offering Breakfast in the Classroom. In addition to fighting hunger, they include improved academic performance, less disruptive student behavior, fewer visits to the school nurse, and increased attendance.

“Ensuring our students are healthy and ready to learn is a top priority in the Boston Public Schools,” said Superintendent Johnson. “We have seen a high level of positive academic and health outcomes especially among low-income students in our schools that have implemented Breakfast in the Classroom.”

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To guarantee that all children have a healthy start to their day, Boston Public Schools has made it a priority to improve participation in school breakfast, including the implementation of Universal Free Breakfast for all Boston Public Schools students by Michael R. Peck, Director of BPS Food and Nutrition Services.

“Breakfast in the Classroom is a simple and effective way to help address childhood hunger in this country while also contributing to positive education outcomes,” said Lisa Walker, managing director of Newman’s Own Foundation.  “We salute the city of Boston and its public schools for their commitment to provide all students with the opportunity to start the day with a good breakfast.”

Boston Public Schools plans to continue expanding the program to additional schools in the fall of 2013.

 

 

Photos by Robert Castagna.

 

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