The Portland Board of Public Education has recently adopted a new set of wellness related policies, including nutrition guidelines. The new Portland Public Schools School Nutrition Toolkit, located at right, contains information and materials to support students, staff, parents, and the community as we move forward with this implementation. We encourage families to review this toolkit to find support and help answer your questions.
Need more information? Do I have to comply with these rules? Check of the Food Policy flow chart at right. Using a series of yes and no questions, it can help you determine whether your event or situation are included in the new school board policies.
The link between nutrition and learning is well documented. Healthy eating patterns are essential for students to achieve their full academic potential, full physical and mental growth, and lifelong health and well-being. Students who are hungry or who do not get a balanced diet will be less attentive in the classroom and miss more school. A healthy diet for students, staff, and families promotes good health and well-being.
Food offered to students in the cafeteria, in other areas of the school, and at school events send a powerful message about what is considered acceptable dietary behavior. Portland Public Schools values the important role that schools play in meeting students nutritional needs and supporting nutritious food choices. Where ever possible nutrition promotion is integrated into the school environment, which includes the cafeteria, classroom, school gardens, farm to school programs, school events, and in the examples adults set for students. The District participates in the National School Lunch Program, the National School Breakfast Program, the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and other resources that support child nutrition. For more information or to learn how to participate in school meals, visit the district Food Services page.
We are very excited to be moving forward in creating the healthy environments that will support all students in their learning and achievement!
“Healthful diets help children grow, develop, and do well in school. They enable people of all ages to work productively and feel their best.” -U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Nutrition and Your Health, 2000