Nutrition Services is an award-winning department in the Saint Paul Public Schools that is known for its healthy, locally-sourced and ethnically diverse menu options for students. We offer breakfast and lunch as well as after school snacks or suppers.


More Saint Paul Students Receiving Free Lunch - They're Not Alone

The number of U.S. schools offering free lunches to all students is up 20 percent this year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. Saint Paul Public Schools is responsible for some of that growth. Of the district's 59 schools, 39 offer free lunches through the federal government's community eligibility provision -- up from eight last school year.  Read entire article...
Pioneer Press

Happy Food Day!

Happy Food Day! We hope you enjoyed the local menu: Rotisserie Chicken Drumsticks from St. Cloud, MN, Homemade Whole Grain Cornbread (baked fresh in schools), local Herb Roasted Potatoes from Big Lake, MN, and a local Apple from South Winds Orchard- Dakota, MN. #MidwestMenu #GreatAppleCrunch #SchoolFoodFOCUS #FoodDay2015 #F2SMonth

Check out these Saint Anthony Park Elementary 5th grade students demonstrating their best Great Apple Crunch!


Schools Report Varying Results in Their Efforts to Comply With Nutrition Guidelines

As students lined up for lunch at the Washington Technology Magnet School cafeteria here on a recent late morning, taco pizza was available along with the fresh fruits and vegetables.  The school tries to offer a mix, said Angie Gaszak, a school system nutritionist.  "We want to make sure they eat healthy, but we also want to serve things that they will eat."  Read article...
The New York Times

Providing Healthy School Lunches Isn't So Easy

Jean Ronnei, Chief Operations Officer of Nutrition Services at Saint Paul Public schools and President of the School Nutrition Assoication, worte a letter to the editor regarding the Sept. 14 editiorial "Junk Food Lobby" in the Washington Post.  Read editorial...
The Washington Post

Minnesota Thursdays returned to Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) this week

Minnesota Thursdays returned to Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) this week

Partnering with Minneapolis Public Schools, SPPS is proud to once again feature a local menu on the first Thursday of each month. Highlights include Minnesota-grown grains, proteins, fruits, and vegetables from neighboring farms, ranches and companies. 

For the first Minnesota Thursday, we’re kicking off the school year with chicken drumsticks from the St. Cloud area; a whole grain cornbread made from scratch in the Saint Paul Nutrition Services Nutrition Center; and an apple kohlrabi salad that won an SPPS recipe contest. The Apple Kohlrabi Slaw features kohlrabi from Seed to Seed Farm-- an 8-acre certified organic farm run by first generation farmer Ariel Pressman. The apples and carrots -- also in the slaw -- are from Sponsels MN Harvest in Jordan and Hmong American Farmers Association in Hastings. 

The Minnesota Thursday initiative is part of our Farm to School program, which aims to teach students about local food, nutrition and agriculture while supporting the local economy.

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