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Welcome to Amherst-Pelham Public School Nutrition Services

We know that good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.

Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. 

Our Promise

We promise to provide every student in our schools with access to healthy, local and flavorful meals to fuel their potential for achievement, growth, and overall well-being.

Message From Sasha, Director of Nutritional Services

It’s been a little over 3 months since school opened and the food nutrition team has accomplished so much – from fresh baked scones to hearty school-grown veggie soup to new Chef Sam recipes, we are pleased with the progress we are making. There is still much to do!

We are ramping up our Farm-to-School initiative and we are thrilled to have won a $30,000 USDA planning grant to help us realize our vision. For our District, our farm to school initiative is much more than simply bringing locally or regionally produced foods into school cafeterias. We believe it is a much larger initiative - one that can ultimately create a stronger, healthier and more inter-connected community:

  • 5% of our food is locally sourced (over 30% if you include milk)
  • Nutrition Curriculum has been added to our elementary schools
  • Our school garden harvest yielded over 200 pounds of fresh veggies for our program


What's Cooking

Joumou Soup.PNG Amherst food will feature a new popular cultural menu item in the high school cafeteria each month. In celebration of Black History Month, February feature menu item is the Haitian Joumou Soup. To many Haitians, it is their freedom soup. Joumou is the Haitian Creole word for calabaza squash, our recipe is made using our harvest of the month, butternut squash.

Back by popular demand is January’s feature menu item ‘Jamaican Jerk’.



Harvest of the Month

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Butternut Squash loaded with lots of potassium (crucial for bone health) and vitamin B6 (great for immune system), is the harvest of the month for February