2012-2013 Outstanding Food Service Programs

        The annual Food Service Awards Program recognized the following schools as outstanding in their category for the 2012-2013 School Year:

Brock Elementary School
• Principal Rose Smith; Cafeteria Manager Cindy Emmons

Little Pearl Elementary School
• Principal Dr. April Whitfield; Cafeteria Manager Cathy Nichols

Lake Harbor Middle School
• Principal Susan Patin; Cafeteria Manager Debbie Peralta

St. Tammany Jr. High School
• Principal Vincent DiCarlo; Cafeteria Manager Judy Payburn

Pearl River High School
• Principal Michael Winkler; Cafeteria Manager Shannon Landry

National Media Spotlights School Food Service Program

        The St. Tammany Parish Food Service Program has been spotlighted by USA Today as part of their national media coverage focused of districts providing healthy food choices for school childen.

         USA Today was referred to St. Tammany Parish by the United States Department of Agriculture, and the article applauded the efforts made by the St. Tammany Parish Public School System over the past 26 years to provide more wholesome selections for our students.

          These changes include the replacement of most desserts with fresh fruit, increased raw vegetable options, fresh baked whole wheat products, leaner meats, and reduced-fat milk.

          Given special mention was the School System's "Go, Glow and Grow" Nutritional Awareness Program which connects the school cafeteria with the classroom in educating students about healthy food choices.

          CLICK HERE for the USA Today article.                            CLICK HERE for USDA Gold Award listing.

Cypress Cove Elementary School First School in Nation To
Earn HealthierUS School Challenge Gold Certification Award

          Cypress Cove Elementary School in Slidell was recognized in 2004 as the first school in the Nation to earn the HealthierUS School Challenge Gold Certification award presented by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The award honors schools that meet recommended nutrition and physical activity standards set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

          In 2005, the remaining 22 schools eligible for recognition earned the United States Department of Agriculture Gold Level Certification.

School Food Services Receive USDA Recognition (July 18, 2010)

Twenty five public schools in St. Tammany Parish have been awarded the HealthierUS School Challenge Program’s highest level of recognition for excellence in food service and nutrition. The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments by meeting specialized program criteria.

Schools have the opportunity to become certified as Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Gold Award of Distinction Schools, depending on meeting certain criteria ranging from development of a wellness policy and promoting physical education to limits on sugar and salt in the meals served. A key component is nutrition education, where students learn about the food pyramid, whole grain foods, and the importance of vegetables.

Food Services Supervisor Pat Farris was notified by the United States Department of Agriculture this week that the schools named below had met the criteria for the “Gold Award of Distinction” for their meal preparation, nutrition instruction, and physical activity programs: Abita Springs Elementary, Abney Elementary, Alton Elementary, Bayou Woods Elementary, Bonne Ecole Elementary, Brock Elementary, Chahta-Ima Elementary, Covington Elementary, Cypress Cove Elementary, Fifth Ward Jr. High, Florida Avenue Elementary, Folsom Elementary, Honey Island Elementary, Lee Road Jr. High, Little Pearl Elementary, Lyon Elementary, Madisonville Elementary, Magnolia Trace Elementary, Mandeville Elementary, Marigny Elementary, Pontchartrain Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Sixth Ward Elementary, Whispering Forest Elementary, and Woodlake Elementary School.

Cypress Cove Elementary earned the honor of being the first school in the nation to win the Gold Award recognition in 2004, and by 2005, every elementary school food service program in the School System was recognized for having achieved the USDA Gold Level award. By 2006, twenty three St. Tammany Parish public schools had achieved Gold Award status in the program.

The U.S.D.A. commended the schools for the exemplary steps, leadership and team work employed to make changes to their school’s nutrition environment, improve the quality of the foods served, provide students with more nutritious, healthy choices, and enhance their physical activity program. In acknowledgement of their achievement, each school will receive a HUSSC award plaque and a banner to display for meeting the Healthier US School Challenge’s updated criteria. The names of the schools also will be added to the HUSSC awardee list on the Team Nutrition HUSSC website.

The School System’s “Go, Glow and Grow” program was recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)for outstanding effectiveness in providing nutrition education.