(Left to Right) Francisco Middle School District Nurse Ariane Peixoto, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jack O'Connell, and 7th and 8th grade Nutrition Outreach Workers
The California Department of Education (CDE) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosted a special event on September 8th, 2010 to highlight Student Nutrition Services’ (SNS) dedication to improving school meals in SFUSD.
On hand at Francisco Middle School, to offer congratulations to SNS Director Ed Wilkins, were State Superintendent Jack O’Connell, SFUSD Superintendent Carlos Garcia, USDA Deputy Administrator Audrey Rowe and other local dignitaries. The special guests had the opportunity to sit down with Francisco students and enjoy the balanced, healthy and fresh school lunch menu items.
As part of SFUSD’s commitment to serving healthy food, schools have the opportunity to participate in the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) (pdf). The HUSSC recognizes schools that work to create healthy school environments through improving the quality of meals, increasing physical activity and nutrition education. The HUSSC is also a key component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation.
SFUSD Student Nutrition Services Department serves:
- Whole grain rice, pastas, pizza crust and breads
- Fresh fruit from local vendors at every meal
- Salad bars at 37 schools; fresh cut veggies at elementary schools without salad bars
- Choice menus for middle and high schools
- Larger portion items for high school students
- Menu items that are nutrient rich and lower in fat
It is important that students eat a healthy breakfast and lunch and you can help promote school lunch:
- Have a student read aloud the next day’s lunch menu items: Elem | Middle/High
- Teach students about MyPyramid and have students identify the food groups that link to each menu item
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