Bedford School Lunch Program
March 2017 Newsletter
Our Lunch Toppers program instituted in October 2016 will need to end a little early in March most likely by the 15th of the month The funds we have been using to purchase extra fruit and vegetables for our Lunch Topper’s Station will be running out ahead of schedule. We have been using funds from our USDA entitlement program to buy all the fruit and produce we offer on the Lunch Toppers Station. Our students seem to have been more interested in the strawberries we have offered more than any other item. Among the products we have served were: carrot sticks, celery sticks, spinach, spring mix, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, strawberries and green peppers. I hope your students have been able to take advantage of some of these fresh foods which were provided at no additional cost.
During March the Farm to School product focus is on dairy. The most common dairy products we purchase for school meals is milk and cheese. All of the milk used in our program comes from New England cows. We have many posters displayed throughout our cafeterias which highlight local farms these dairy cows are from. Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley was recently voted farm of the year in Massachusetts! On a daily basis we offer 1%, skim and fat free flavored milk in each of our cafeterias. The most popular choice by far is chocolate. For next year I am estimating we will purchase 75,000 cartons of chocolate, 2,000 cartons of 1%, 8,000 cartons of strawberry milk and 1,700 cartons of skim milk! This adds up to over 6,900 gallons of milk on target to be consumed by students next year. As a reminder a choice of milk is included with each meal and can be purchased by itself for $.50 a carton. Our milk price has not changed in more than ten years!
We will be featuring a new item on the menu at the Middle and High Schools this month. We call this lunch an Italian Sampler! The Sampler is a combination of meatballs, mozzarella sticks and a cheese stuffed pizza dough, we also include a marinara dipping sauce as well as milk, fresh fruit and a fresh Caesar salad. All this is sold at the regular lunch price of $2.60 for Middle Schoolers and $3.00 at the High School. We look forward to hearing any feedback students have for this special lunch.
Also at the High School will be holding a pizza tasting on March 6th. A representative from the Schwan’s Food Company will be in the cafeteria during both lunches to giveaway slices of pizza. The pizza is called Big Daddy’s 4 Cheese Primo pizza. This is a new item offered to us through our buying group and will be available on our pizza station Monday’s at the High School. During the school year we make our own pizza Tuesday through Friday, there is not just not enough time on a Monday to let the pizza dough rise and cook for lunch so we choose a convenience pizza like Big Daddy’s.
Food Service Director
Bedford Public Schools
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