School Food and Nutrition Services Celebrates
Virginia Farm to School Week
PWCS School Food and Nutrition Services celebrates Virginia Farm to School Week, October 3-7, 2016! Did you know your school cafeteria serves seasonal Virginia produce all year long? During the month of October, several of your school lunch items are coming straight from a Virginia Farm, including: apples, cabbage, kale, fall squash, yellow squash, lettuce, milk, peppers, sweet potatoes and tomatoes. Wow! To celebrate Virginia Farm to School Week at elementary schools, School Food and Nutrition Services is giving away the book “Apple Orchard Riddle” to one lucky student at each school.
School Food and Nutrition Services works with Loving’s Produce, Inc. to source local, Virginia grown products for school menus. Some of our farmers are listed below:
• Crown Orchard (Batesville, VA)
• Kirby Farms (Mechanicsville, VA)
• Smith Farms (Hanover, VA)
• Southwest Virginia Farm Coop
• Turkey Knob Growers (Timberville, VA)
Incorporating local products into our menus gives students the opportunity to enjoy nutritious, fresh fruits and vegetables, while learning about the seasonality of foods and how foods are grown. These products support local farms and are a tasty way to improve the health of our children!
New This Year: Make Your Own (MYO) Chef Salads!
Nutritious, convenient, affordable and customizable... Our Make Your Own Chef Salad lunch option is new this year at elementary and middle schools!
A MYO Chef Salad lunch includes the following:
- Unlimited vegetables from our self-serve cold bar
- ½ cup of fruit for elementary students and 1 cup of fruit for middle students and adults
- Lean protein: 1 protein choice from the hotline OR 2 protein choices from the coldline
- Hotline options include: chicken fajitas, chicken tenders, chili, crispy chicken, popcorn chicken, pulled pork, spicy beef, tuna salad and MORE!
- Coldline options include: diced chicken, egg, ham, turkey, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese and roasted chick peas
- A piece of our homemade bread or sliced fruit bread
- Your choice of milk
- Your choice of salad dressing
Sound delicious? Come join us for lunch!
We look forward to serving you!
Contact School Food and Nutrition Services with comments or questions at 703.791.7314.
Boost Learning Power with School Breakfast
You have probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do you know why? We perform better, mentally and physically, when our bodies are fueled. Not having had any food since the night before means your body is starving for energy, even if you do not feel particularly hungry. Breakfast is especially important for kids whose bodies and brains are developing and growing.
Students who eat breakfast:
- miss less school
- have fewer behavioral problems
- get better grades
- are more likely to graduate high school
Yet 3 out of 4 teachers say their “students regularly come to school hungry.” Hungry kids are more likely to have health issues and trouble learning and concentrating. They are also more prone to behavioral and emotional problems.
Looking for a convenient and affordable way to feed your student(s) breakfast on school days? All Prince William County Public Schools serve breakfast every school day, even on two hour delays!
Our “Grab n’ Go” breakfasts are designed to be nutritious and portable, so that kids can enjoy a balanced breakfast in the classroom or cafeteria. Offerings vary each day and include items like hot breakfast sandwiches, breakfast breads, French toast sticks, cereal, fruit, 100% fruit juice and milk. Fruit smoothies are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the middle and high schools. They are made with real fruit and yogurt, and blended right in your school’s kitchen!
If your student is receiving free or reduced price school lunch, they automatically qualify for free or reduced price school breakfast. A complete breakfast only costs $1.45, or $7.25 a week. So start your school day off right by joining us for breakfast!