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Welcome to Amherst-Pelham Public School Nutrition Services

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We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe during the school closures due to COVID-19. As of Tuesday, March 17, we have been providing FREE breakfast and lunch to ALL children under the age of 18, every Monday through Friday and will continue to do so until school reopens. We know these times can be tough of everyone, some more than others. Please let us know if there is anything we can try to do to help you in these times of need. For delivery locations and times, refer to the attached flyer.

 

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


The School Nutrition 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.

 

What's Cooking

 

Check Out This Great Article on School Food From The New York Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/10/opinion/universal-free-school-lunch.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

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Our Spring 2020 ARPS School Nutrition Intern and UMass Amherst Nutrition Graduate Student has been hard at work socializing with and educating students in grades K-8. Jess, in partnership with the ARPS Farm to School Program, has been traveling between schools conducting taste tests of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as plant-based proteins. These taste tests will promote fresh, whole foods and work with kids to discover what veggies and fruits they like, as well as experiment with various ways to consume them.

 

The first round of samples included a variety of raw veggies and dips such as carrots, celery, cucumbers, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, and green beans paired with our "school-made" hummus and various dressings for dipping.

 

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She has now begun sampling a new Lentil Salad recipe which will likely be incorporated into the menu as both a protein source and as a vegetable in the future! After day 1 at Crocker Farm, students LOVED the Lentil Salad recipe, so we're excited to keep moving forward in other schools throughout the rest of the spring semester!

 

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Harvest of the Month

March's Harvest of the Month is Dairy! We are fortunate enough to live in an area where the dairy industry is thriving and we can source all of our fluid milk, as well as many of our other dairy products, from local dairy farms! The fluid milk that is offered daily at breakfast and lunch comes from All Star Dairy in South Hadley, Massachusetts!

Check out Mass Farm to school page for more info.

https://www.massfarmtoschool.org/

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