What’s New in the Division of Food Services


Find free, healthy food for your children and family this winter break.

This winter break, students and families can access food resources throughout the city.  📍 Enter your zip code to find a #WinterMealsPHL location near you: www.phila.gov/winter-meals Select @PhilaParkandRec locations will provide free meals for children up to 18 years old on the following days:

📅 Monday, December 23,

📅 Friday, December 27, and

📅 Monday, December 30

Supplies are limited.  Select PhilaParkandRec sites will be serving the meals. Families should call the PhilaParkandRec site for specific meal hours. Find more information by visiting www.phila.gov/winter-meals

Food distributions are happening throughout the city. @PHLCityHomeless has a helpful list of 30+ sites serving free meals. Find #WinterMealsPHL for your family today: www.phila.gov/winter-meals

Third Annual PA Preferred Day

October 24, 2019

PA Preferred Day is a day to celebrate Farm to School Month where we showcase things that are grown and processed in Pennsylvania. The day began in here two years ago and this year was rolled out throughout the state with over twenty districts participating.

Hoagie Roll News: 1,294 Pounds of Salt Cut From School Lunches!

In April 2019, Amoroso’s Baking Company replaced the School District of Philadelphia’s hoagie roll order with the new lower sodium formula. The school district, which already regulates the amount of sodium allowed in its meals, purchases 1.68 million rolls annually. With the lower sodium rolls reducing 40 percent, or 140 mg, of sodium in each roll, schools were able to cut an additional 1,294 pounds of salt annually from school lunches.

 

Linkt to article: https://drexel.edu/now/archive/2019/July/Drexel-Food-Lab-Lower-Sodium-Roll/

Turkey and Cheese Hoagie Served to SDP Students
Turkey and Cheese Hoagie Served to SDP Students

2019 Pennsylvania School Breakfast Heroes!

Congratulations to Nakia Davenport and Denise Allavena for being recognized as Pennsylvania School Breakfast Heroes! Nakia and Denise, we appreciate your hard work in ensuring that our kids get the healthy breakfast they need to succeed. Keep up the great work!

National School Breakfast Week (March 4th-8th 2019)

Check out the images below to see how Food Services is celebrating National Breakfast Week!

Recipe Video Series

The Division of Food Services is excited to launch our recipe series, a quarterly video series where we will be highlighting a healthy recipe that our staff in the field prepares from scratch, that is available to students in full-service cafeterias across the District. Click here for more videos.

VIP Taster’s Program at Sheridan School

The Division of Food Services strives to create menus that are balanced, nutritious and appealing to our students.  Creating meals tailored to student preferences reduces overall food waste and ensures every child we serve is satisfied.  In conjunction with our pre-plate meal provider, Preferred Meals, we engage students in the menu development process by asking them to taste-test new food items.  The VIP Taster’s Program is a student taste panel that meets regularly to evaluate meals and provide honest feedback on their preferences.  Our students have the opportunity to try culturally and ethnically diverse foods. VIP Tasters in the 4th grade class at the Philip H. Sheridan School recently sampled new dishes including a Sweet & Sour Chicken Rice Bowl, Cuban Picadillo and Tex Thai Chili.  The Division hopes to increase this program throughout the District in an effort to increase the menu variety of our satellite school meal program.