Welcome back to the Plaquemines Parish Public Schools (PPSB) Child Nutrition Program! We are looking forward to another great school year! Plaquemines Parish School Board participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Our menus are designed to meet the United States Department of Agriculture's guidelines. We offer whole grains, low fat or reduced fat entrees, a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, and low fat or fat free milk choices. Please check the menu section of the website for the current menu. We have received certification from the USDA and Louisiana Department of Education for implementation of the new menu pattern which limits fat, saturated fat and salt content.
We have some new changes this year that include new entrees, new whole wheat flour, and new pasta. We tested these new items last year with our students and they were well received. Our child nutrition employees take great pride in preparing delicious, appealing meals for our students, many of them from scratch! Each school offers students a minimum of five menu components (meat, grain, fruit, vegetable, and milk) daily, of the five items a student must select three items. Due to new USDA regulations, effective July 1, 2012, students must select 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable in addition to or as one of the three items selected for breakfast and lunch. We have been working hard to reduce sodium, fat, and calories in our menus. Students are encouraged to select three, four, or all five components!
We encourage our students to eat breakfast in an effort to improve health and performance. Studies have proven that students who eat breakfast each day have increased ability to focus and concentrate on their schoolwork and also improve their academic performance. We continue to offer more than one choice for breakfast. Please encourage your child to eat breakfast and lunch each day!