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.
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.
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.
are very excited to be moving forward in creating the healthy
environments that will support all students in their learning and
“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,