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In March 2015, we asked for your feedback on the menus through a survey that we posted on the blog.  Thank you for your responses!  We received over 100 responses, from 15 schools across the city (both full kitchen cafeteria and satellite sites).  We asked, “What would you like to see on the lunch menu?” and captured your responses in the the word cloud above.  The larger the word, the more frequent the response.

In  2011, we also surveyed students across the city, and asked “What gets you in line?”  See the word cloud below for the results from 2011:

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These survey results provide some food for thought as we continue to improve our menus to meet required nutrition standards and diverse student preferences within a tight budget.  The rest of the survey results will be considered as future menu changes are considered.

Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey!  As our menus continue to evolve, please continue to provide your input by emailing SchoolFoodBoston[at]bostonpublicschools.org.

 

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Starting April 1st, there will be a new, simpler menu in schools. All breakfasts and lunches will continue to be free for all student. Popular items will be offered more frequently. There will be lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. We hope that you will give the meals a try!

Highlights of our streamlined menu:

Breakfast: Two choices offered daily, including hot options served twice a week.

  • Cold choices include cereals, muffins, or yogurt, always offered with fresh fruit and 100% juice, and non-fat or 1% milk.
  • Cereals continue to be whole grain and limited in sugar. Cereals that are perceived as sugary, although available to school districts in a low sugar version, will not be offered.

Lunch: We offer student favorites more often in our new-three week menu cycle.

  • Three choices will be offered daily with both hot and cold entrée options.
  • Previously, schools with grades K-8 had three meal choices and high schools had four entrée choices.
  • Cold meal options include entrée salads, subs and sandwiches. Additionally, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are available.
  • Fruit offerings are unchanged, with fresh fruit and 100% juice, daily.
    Milk offerings are unchanged and include nonfat and low-fat options.

Check out the April Menus at: https://schoollunchboston.wordpress.com/menu/ and tell us what you think of the new menu by emailing us at SchoolFoodBoston[at]bostonpublicschools.org.

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Welcome back from February Break!

As our last post mentioned, we’ve rolled out some new recipes this year, and we’d love to hear your thoughts!

What do you LIKE on the menu?
What do you DISLIKE on the menu?
What would you like to see on the menu in the future?

Email us your thoughts at SchoolFoodBoston@bostonpublicschools.org or complete the survey below:

MeatlessMondaysDid you know, Boston Public Schools is featuring a meatless entree option on the menu every Monday in our cafeteria schools this year!   Some of the meatless options include a Black Bean Burrito Bowl, Macaroni and Cheese or the Entree Salad with Chickpeas.

Deputy Director of the Boston Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition Services Deborah Ventricelli says: “Offering students nutritious meals as part of the Meatless Monday programs allows us to meet the diverse needs of the families in our district while getting the week off to a healthy start. Now, every Monday, our students know they can look forward to a high-quality meatless option in addition to the choices they already have.”

BPS has joined the Meatless Monday movement after working with the Humane Society of the United States and hearing from more than a thousand students, parents, teachers and Boston members of The Humane League encouraging the district to take part.

The Humane Society of the United States advocates compassionate eating – or the Three Rs: “reducing” or “replacing” consumption of animal products, and “refining” our diets by choosing products from sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards.

Want to know what’s on the menu for Meatless Monday next week? Check out our Menu Page.

See you in the lunch line next Monday!

It’s Massachusetts Harvest for Students Week! Boston Public Schools is celebrating all week by serving locally grown fruits and veggies in all full kitchen cafeterias across the district. Wondering what’s on the menu this week? Check out www.schoolmenu.com. We’ll be featuring fresh apples, collard greens, coleslaw, broccoli and green beans – all grown right here in Massachusetts! So go on, get in line and give these locally grown veggies a try!

Why Massachusetts Grown?
It’s fresh and delicious and healthy for you too! Fruits and vegetables picked at the peak of their season are packed with flavor and nutrients!

Did you know…
217 public school districts purchased locally grown products for their lunch lines last year. Boston Public Schools was one of those school districts!