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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:

What would get you in the line

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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Happy National School Lunch Week!

What’s new in the cafeterias in Boston Public Schools?

In our Satellite Schools, Whitsons Culinary Group is introducing new FRESH salads this year.  Try all 5 different varieties: Greek Salad, Buffalo Chicken Salad, Crispy Chicken Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad, and Cobb Salad. Salads are featured on the satellite menus 2 days a week.

In our cafeteria schools we are continuing to serve a variety of fresh entree salads and side salads.  This year, we are also introducing a few new recipes that our chefs from Project Bread tested last spring in select schools across the city.  A NEW favorite is the Pollo Guisado. The Pollo Guisado is a our roasted chicken cooked in a tasty marinade of our homemade adobe seasoning mix, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and cilantro! The Pollo Guisado is on the menu again on Thursday October 30, 2014.  Get in line and give it a try!

Wondering what’s on the menu this week?  Check out our menus on the Menu Page and hope you will join us in celebrating National School Lunch Week by getting in the lunch line!

In addition to working to increase the amount of local, fresh produce in school lunches across the city, the Boston Public Schools Farm to School Initiative seeks to engage students in a conversation about food. Farm to School hopes that schools will begin to view the cafeteria as a classroom in and of itself. The cafeteria should both model nutritious habits for students and educate students about the food system. Through conversations, the Farm to School Initiative hopes to make students think more deliberately about the food they eat and the process involved in producing it.

As part of this conversation in the cafeteria, Farm to School has created a series of 30-second cafeteria surveys to better understand the food habits, preferences and perceptions of students.

One question asked students to list their favorite vegetable. The top five responses were corn, carrots, broccoli, salad, and apples. It is also notable that 4% explicitly stated they had no favorite fruit or vegetable.