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  • Don't Forget! October 10-14 is National School Lunch Week!

    October 10-14 is National School Lunch Week. This week nutrition educators and directors are encouraged to promote healthy lunch choices for students.

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  • It's Farm to School Month! Where can I find resources & ideas?

    Every health program starts with One Small Step. Learning ZoneXpress knows it's not easy to start and maintain healthy food initiatives within school systems but starting is the most important part (and often the hardest). If you could take one small step towards bringing food from the farm within the school system, that is a great success and the beginning of a new, healthier direction. Below are a few ideas for getting started.

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  • And the winner is... LiveWell@School Food Initiative

    LiveWell@School Food Initiative is the winner of the Learning ZoneXpress Soar with School Breakfast Recipe Challenge. Thank you to everyone who participated and submitted your great National School Breakfast Week recipes. We are so excited to try these and will continue to share them throughout the year on our blog! Check out the winning recipe here: Craisy Pumpkin Breakfast Bars  

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  • NSBW Recipe from Palm Springs Unified School District - Cheesy Ortega Breakfast Tacos

    Today's school breakfast recipe is from Palm Springs Unified District. 3.5 lbs Frozen Liquid Egg 2 lbs Shredded Cheddar Cheese 2lbs Cottage Cheese 2 Tsp Baking Powder 8oz Butter buds (liquid) 16oz Diced Green Chili’s 2 6’ corn Tortilla’s 2 oz salsa Combine eggs, cheeses, baking powder, butter buds, and chili’s. Spray a 400 hotel pan with pan coating and pour mixture into pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and eggs are set. Once cooked, scoop ½ cup of egg mixture and divide between 2 corn torilla’s and top with 2 oz salsa...

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  • Daniel Giusti talks to Learning ZoneXpress about school food lunches

    [caption id="attachment_6467" align="alignright" width="300"] Daniel Giusti, Melanie Nelson, Joyce Mattson & Londa Arnfelt[/caption] Daniel Giusti, a superstar in the world of chef's, has resigned his post as head chef for Noma's exquisite restaurant in Copenhagen. (Noma has been voted best restaurant in the world 4 out of the last 5 years!) Daniel has big plans to transform key thinking in the industry of food industry -- starting with school lunches. And where does someone start such an adventure? Learning from the experts in the world of school lunch - including the leaders of Learning ZoneXpress. He met with them earlier this...

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  • $35 Million to Help Schools Serve Healthier Meals, Strengthen Childhood Nutrition

    Big news from the USDA! USDA, NFL, Fuel Up to Play 60 Partner to Award [caption id="attachment_6065" align="alignright" width="300"] 1 Terrific Tray™ Dry Erase Menu Poster[/caption] Grants Will Improve Food Service Equipment, Upgrade Infrastructure Critical to Building Healthy Schools and Communities SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 5, 2016 – Amid pre-Super Bowl 50 celebrations today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, and Paul Rovey, dairy farmer and leader of the National Dairy Council (NDC), announced the availability of $35 million in grants to help schools upgrade their kitchen equipment and infrastructure in order to offer students better access to...

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  • F. H. Tuttle Middle School in their Brand New "Choose MyPlate Aprons"!

    In honor of School Nutrition Employee Week, we offered School Nutrition Professionals the opportunity to enter for a chance to win Choose MyPlate aprons for their entire staff. We asked for short stories of themselves or someone on their team doing great work in their cafeteria.  Our winning story was from Kary Towne, School Nurse at F. H. Tuttle Middle School in Vermont. Kary has graciously sent us a photo of the cafeteria staff at F. H. Tuttle Middle School wearing their brand new Choose MyPlate aprons.... [caption id="attachment_5876" align="alignleft" width="300"] Back row (L to R) Doug Watkin, Joan Foley, Dottie Hardy...

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  • Vast Majority of Schools Now Meet the Updated Meals Standards

    Great news from the USDA... Statement from Secretary Vilsack on New Data Showing the Vast Majority of Schools Now Meet the Updated Meals Standards WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released the following statement today after USDA's Food and Nutrition Service issued new data showing that 95 percent of schools are successfully meeting the updated meal standards made possible by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010: "Updated healthy school meal standards were created based on the expert advice of pediatricians and nutrition experts and are being widely embraced by students, parents, educators, and nutrition professionals. We...

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  • School Nutrition Employee Week - Stories of School Lunch Heroes

    We recently held a School Nutrition Employee Week Giveaway asking individuals to share stories of someone or a group of nutrition professionals making a difference in schools.  We received so many incredible stories, we want to share them with you throughout this month. These individuals go above and beyond each day to supply nutrition foods to our youth and encourage healthy habits. They are proud of their work and so are we! Thank you to all of you for playing such an important role in children's lives. "The cafeteria manager for Freedom Middle School enthusiastically prepares breakfast and lunch meals...

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  • Stories of School Lunch Heroes Continued

    We recently held a School Nutrition Employee Week Giveaway asking individuals to share stories of someone or a group of nutrition professionals making a difference in schools.  We received so many incredible stories, we want to share them with you throughout this month. These individuals go above and beyond each day to supply nutrition foods to our youth and encourage healthy habits. They are proud of their work and so are we! Thank you to all of you for playing such an important role in children's lives. "I would like to submit a short story about Deb Pacholke, our head...

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