Welcome to Amherst-Pelham Public School Nutrition Services
Below is the upcoming weekly menu. To view the menu for the entire month, please follow the menu links on our website.
LATEST UPDATE (9/14/20) on Free Meals for Children: We are thrilled to announce that we will continue serving FREE MEALS to ALL children ages 0-18 during the fall semester. Effective September 16, we will be taking over the UMass sites and serving free meals at 11 locations in Amherst. Locations and times have changed, so please refer to the flyer below.
Thank you for your continued support of our program. By receiving these meals, you are helping us secure necessary funding needed to continue feeding our children.
2020-2021 Meal Applications are now available:
GOVERNOR BAKER SIGNS BREAKFAST AFTER THE BELL LEGISLATION INTO LAW!
" Expanding breakfast from before the bell to after the bell is a proven, simple, and effective strategy to boost breakfast participation, ensuring all students are fed and ready to learn every day. "
" Breakfast After the Bell will break down barriers to accessing food, which perpetuates the achievement gap, and help us move to a more equitable public education system, one in which all students get the nutrition they need to succeed. "
Check out our Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date, discover new recipes, and get in touch!
We know that good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.
The School Nutrition department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.
Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines.
Farmer Leila has been busy all spring planting, watering, weeding, and now harvesting the produce from the Elementary School Gardens! The first School Garden Harvest contained radishes, bok choy/ tatsoi, chives, and mint.
The Elementary School Garden Team has generously donated the produce from the three elementary schools' gardens to the School Nutrition Department. We have been using some of the produce in the Emergency Meals Program, which is providing free meals to children during the COVID-19 crisis. Some of the produce was also distributed to families CSA-style, as whole raw ingredients, so families can wash, chop, cook, and eat, the harvests together!
We have compiled a mini recipe book for each of the crops harvested from our Elementary School Gardens. Click the link to learn about each crop and try some of our recipes! Happy Harvesting!
Visit the Elementary School Gardens Website:
Harvest of the Month
The Harvest of the Month in October is Pears! Pears are a good source of Vitamin C and dietary fiber, as well as complex carbohydrates for long lasting energy. They are low in calories, and have no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. They can contribute to healthy blood pressure, and good cholesterol levels.
Fun Facts about Pears:
Pear trees start to produce fruit 4 years after planting.
Pears ripen off of the tree, after they are picked.
Pears are ripe when the area near the stem feels soft when pressed.
Pears ripen best at room temperature.
Leaving the skins on add flavor, crunch, and nutrition to your pears!
Check out Mass Farm to school page for more info.