School District of Palm Beach County Recognized by U.S. Department of Agriculture

The School District of Palm Beach County School Food Service Department has been recognized at the State and the Southeast Regional levels with United States Department of Agriculture Best Practice Awards in the Increasing Participation in School Lunch or Breakfast category.  The receipt of these awards acknowledges the district’s on-going efforts to provide high-quality nutrition services to the children of Palm Beach County. 

In 2008, the District School Food Service initially partnered with HealthCorps to create a marketing plan that educates and empowers teens to make healthy choices. Using this creative marketing plan and a “nutritious dishes” serving line, students were involved in weekly taste tests and meetings to determine what nutritious foods they would like to have on their menu. A dedicated reimbursable line was created to serve regular menu items in such a way that a healthier nutritional value is offered to students each day. 

The marketing program and serving line has been successful in getting students excited about eating healthier meals.  Included in the offerings are a variety of entrée salads, fresh fruit bowls, wraps, Yogurt Parfaits, milk and juice, and healthy snacks.  Schools currently participating in the program are Atlantic High, Boynton Beach High, Forest Hill High, John I Leonard High, Santaluces High, Wellington High, and Independence Middle. 

For more information contact Lori Dornbusch at (561) 383-2035 or via e-mail at lori.donrbusch@palmbeachschools.org.   

 

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 Public Affairs Contact: Natalia Arenas – (561) 357-7662 – natalia.arenasn@palmbeachschools.org.