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Project PA, a collaboration between Penn State University's Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition, partners with schools and their communities to provide sound nutrition education and to promote children's healthy eating behaviors.

 
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Pennsylvania Culinary Training Sessions for School Food Service Personnel | 2024

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, through Penn State (Project PA) will once again be offering hands-on Culinary Training Sessions for School Food Service Personnel led by a Chef Bill Scepansky, Smart Partners LLC. This summer’s sessions will focus ...

 

 
 

 

 

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Pennsylvania Culinary Training Sessions for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Sponsors | 2024

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, through Penn State (Project PA) will be offering hands-on Culinary Workshops for CACFP and SFSP sponsors led by a Chef Bill Scepansky, Smart Partners LLC. These ½-day workshops will focus on the most fundamental culinary techniques and practices ...

 

 
 

 

 

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Pennsylvania School Breakfast Program Expansion Grants

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition, in collaboration with Penn State University (Project PA) is announcing the availability of $600,000 to be awarded to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) ...

 

 
 

 

 

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Pennsylvania Local Food Purchasing Incentive Investigation — Findings From Interviews and Focus Groups with Key Stakeholders Within and Outside of Pennsylvania

 

Through Local Food Purchasing Incentive (LFPI) programs, state governments provide School Food Authorities (SFAs) additional funds to partially or completely offset the cost of local food as an incentive to purchase these foods and serve them in Child Nutrition Programs (CNP). An investigation was undertaken to gather information and perspectives about LFPI programs from various stakeholders both in states that have existing programs and within Pennsylvania.

 

 
 

 

 

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Pennsylvania Culinary Manual Downloads

 

Two culinary manuals have been released by Project PA for download.

 

The Pennsylvania Culinary Training Sessions manual documents the details and steps recommended for a school or school district to conduct a culinary training at their facility.

 

The Healthy School Meals Mini-Grants Promising Practices manual is a collection of promising practices eleven Local Education Agencies (LEAs) completed to meet mini-grant objectives as part of a Pennylvania 2019 Team Nutrition Training grant.

 
 
 

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Webinar: Quality School Meals

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition, in collaboration with Penn State (Project PA) presented a webinar showcasing projects at PA schools to enhance the quality of school meals and students’ perceptions of school meals ...

 

 
 

 

 

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Pennsylvania Farm to Child Nutrition Regional Gatherings

 

This past October, during National Farm to School Month, Pennsylvania Farm to Child Nutrition gatherings were conducted. These ½-day sessions were held in Harrisburg and the Pittsburgh area and included presentations about Pennsylvania Harvest of the Month (PA HOM), ...

 

 
 

 

 

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Orientation to School Food Service Operations | Fall 2023 (Part 1)

 

Topics covered during the Spring 2023 orientation session included Financial Management, Personnel Management, Wellness Policies, Professional Standards, Farm to School, Expanding School Breakfast, Food Safety Compliance, Environmental and Biosecurity Management, Marketing, and more.

 

 
 

 

 

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Orientation to School Food Service Operations (Part 2)

 

Topics covered during the Spring 2023 orientation session included Financial Management, Personnel Management, Wellness Policies, Professional Standards, Farm to School, Expanding School Breakfast, Food Safety Compliance, Environmental and Biosecurity Management, Marketing, and more.

 

 
 

Current Projects

 
New School Food Service Directors and other individuals with responsibilities related to operating school meal programs can receive support...
Schools in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation are working to provide healthier foods to students and teach them the skills they need to make...
Pennsylvania Harvest of the Month is a program developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Project PA (Penn State University) to...
The School Breakfast Outreach and Education project provides information about school breakfast, resources to help schools expand participation,...

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