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Welcome to Amherst-Pelham Public School Nutrition Services

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. 

Our Promise

We promise to provide every student in our schools with access to healthy, local and flavorful meals to fuel their potential for achievement, growth, and overall well-being.

Meet Our New School Nutrition Director, Michael Gallo O'Connell


Michael Gallo O’Connell, School Nutrition Services Director comes to the district from Hampshire
College where he has served as the General Manager of their food service program since 2015. During
his time there, Mr. Gallo O’Connell increased the percentage of local food purchases by 25% and has
utilized produce from Hampshire College’s 80-acre farm in the meals provided on campus. He worked
with elementary school students through the Healthy Kids at Hampshire program through which area
students toured the Hampshire College farm and learned about nutrition and healthy food choices.
Addressing food insecurity, using food as a cultural link for students, and increasing diversity of the
workforce were areas of focus for Mr. O’Connell, and he looks forward to continuing that work with the
Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools. Mr. O’Connell holds a BA in Business from
the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


What's Cooking

The elementary school students, along with the help of Jennifer Reese, our School Garden Coordinator, and Leila Tunnell, a local farmer from Brookfield Farm, harvested some fall crops right from their own backyards. Crocker Farm, Fort River, and Wildwood Elementary Schools all have their own gardens, planted and maintained by students (with a little help from Jen, Leila, and others). Recently, our hard working and dedicated staff washed, chopped, and prepared these fresh crops into a delicious Harvest Soup for all to enjoy during lunch time.

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Harvest of the Month

January's Harvest of the Month is Apples! ARPS has been locally sourcing kid-friendly tiny apples bursting with juicy flavor from Phoenix Fruit Farm on Mill Valley Rd in Belchertown! Try some fresh whole apples at breakfast or lunch this month!

Check out Mass Farm to school page for more info.

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