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Dynamic Food Service Team Recognized for Healthy Changes

Dynamic Food Service Team Recognized for Healthy Changes PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT | PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MARYLAND

The food service team at Prince George’s County School District is thrilled that all of their hard work this year paid off with very positive feedback from state reviewers during the School Meals Initiative review. The staff is especially proud of the wide variety of foods to choose from, their efficiency in getting kids through the lines quickly and their customer service skills.

In addition to all of their hard work in developing healthy and appealing menus they have also taken on touting the importance of physical activity, by sponsoring a hula-hoop contest. They rolled out all the stops for National Breakfast Week and had the Lt. Governor join them in an event to highlight the importance of eating breakfast. To support the schools in encouraging breakfast consumption they rolled out ten new “Grab and Go” breakfast programs.

The district’s state review shows that they have made great progress in decreasing saturated fat and sodium. They have been piloting sushi in the high schools this year and have found a local source for hydroponic, pesticide-free lettuce which has a longer shelf life. They are also encouraging principals to collect composting materials which they can sell to local farmer’s markets to raise funds for their school.

Students are engaged in the process at two of the high schools which have culinary arts programs. These schools have youth advisory councils that help the food service department by sampling new food items and providing feedback. They rate the foods from 1-5 and make suggestions on spices to add or foods to pair with it.
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