Kicking Off Summer Meals

Kicking Off Summer Meals

Now that school is out, summer meals sites across New England are holding kick-offs to encourage participation throughout their communities. We’ve captured a few of these great events in the photos below. Before reading on, here’s some quick information about the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), otherwise known as the Summer Meals Program. What is …

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Staying (Dairy) Cool this Summer

Staying (Dairy) Cool this Summer

Summer is in full swing along with all your favorite outdoor activities. Make way for camping, cookouts, and picnics, oh my! Hmmm… all these activities seem to have two things in common: food and hot weather. What is a Foodborne Illness? While you may be trying to soak up all of summer’s precious sunshine and …

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Trendy Dairy Drinks in 2018

Trendy Dairy Drinks in 2018

New food and beverage products are added to grocery store shelves constantly. In 2016 alone, over 21,000 new items were introduced into retail outlets. Data from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Economic Research Service shows that roughly 19 percent of all new food and beverage products introduced in 2016 were beverages. This was …

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Beat the Heat with These Summer Treats

Beat the Heat with These Summer Treats

Blog post written by University of New Hampshire dietetic intern Haley Brimmer. — Summer is here and the sun is finally out! As you’re soaking up the sun’s rays, don’t forget to stay hydrated and refuel with healthy snacks. Dairy foods are a great way to incorporate protein, and they also provide your body with …

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New England FUTP 60 Schools Recognized for Commitment to Healthy Eating & Physical Activity at Gillette Stadium

New England FUTP 60 Schools Recognized for Commitment to Healthy Eating & Physical Activity at Gillette Stadium

The reward celebration was attended by 29 schools in New England, as well as special guests New England Patriots Player Nate Ebner and several New England Dairy Farmers! — The doors of the Putman Club opened at 9:45AM sharp last Friday morning to welcome over 90 students, plus school staff and other guests, to a Fuel Up to Play 60 Celebration at Gillette …

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School Meal Guidelines: What’s Changed?

School Meal Guidelines: What’s Changed?

In 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture, which funds and administers the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP), announced significant interim changes to the school meal program guidelines for the 2017-2018 school year. Prior to this, the last major update to the guidelines had been made in 2012, when …

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School Gardens Help Students Grow, in all the Best Ways

School Gardens Help Students Grow, in all the Best Ways

In schoolyards across the country, something wonderful is happening. Students, teachers, parents, and members of the community are coming together to build school gardens. While they are no doubt beautiful, these gardens are so much more than simply “pretty.” They are helping children develop lifelong skills and healthy habits. In a day and age when …

Groundbreaking Ceremony for new Culinary and Nutrition Center

Groundbreaking Ceremony for new Culinary and Nutrition Center

— Springfield Public Schools: School Nutrition Leaders It’s an exciting time for the Springfield Public Schools food service programs. In October, a case study was published that captured the strategies used by Springfield to enhance their school meals and increase breakfast and lunch average daily participation (ADP). In 2016, Springfield had a district-wide lunch ADP …

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