Pennsylvania School Nutrition Programs Conference: Healthy School Meals Updates
The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition (PDE) will be holding a 2-day conference on June 9th and 10th at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA.
Topics to be discussed include the new meal pattern for the School Breakfast Program, an update on the National School Lunch Program meal pattern requirements, Direct Certification, Community Eligibility Option, Child Nutrition labels, Smarter Lunchrooms ideas, salad/veggie bars, cost savings through smart purchasing of produce, the new Administrative Review process, and more.
School Food Service Meal Pattern Manufacturer Training: What School Customers Need
This training for food manufacturers is by invitation only.
Information session will cover the most recent school lunch meal pattern update and breakfast regulation changes for the 2013/2014 school year. It will also include a conversation with a panel of School Foodservice Directors. Join in the conversation to ensure your products are providing school foodservice programs what is needed to meet the new requirements.
Healthy School Meal Promising Practices
Project PA is looking for…Healthy School Meal Promising Practices.
- Have you found a creative way to overcome a challenge related to meeting the new meal standards?
- Have you had success in keeping your participation levels high?
- Found a food item or items that help you meet the standards and that students are accepting?
Project PA would like to hear about your Healthy School Meal Promising Practices. You can let us know by submitting information about it through the Project PA website (Please use the link below.). Selected entries may be featured at a summer conference in State College presented by PDE. If your entry is selected to be featured, your travel expenses to attend that conference will be covered.
Questions? Contact Elaine McDonnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-865-5869
Farm to School: Keeping it Safe
Schools are working to provide healthier meals to students and teach them the skills they need to make good decisions about nutrition and health. As part of these efforts, there is growing interest among schools in Farm to School programs. While a primary objective of Farm to School activities is to connect schools with local farms to promote purchasing of local foods for school meals, a variety of types of activities fall under the Farm to School umbrella including school gardens, nutrition and agriculture classroom lessons, field trips to local farms, and taste-testing of local products. In addition to providing healthy foods in school meals programs and providing students with health and nutrition education, Farm to School programs support local farmers and therefore strengthen local food systems.
Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act 2010 | Presentations
You can find links for each presentation under the heading "New School Meal Patterns" found in the "Main Menu" at the top under the "Resources" category. Each link contains a handout download and the ability to view the presentation with audio on YouTube.