Nutrition Services serves 9,000 school breakfasts, 19,000 school lunches and 1,500 suppers to Portland students daily and employs approximately 240 staff including four registered dietitians, child nutrition program managers and supervisors, food service leads and assistants and central distribution personnel. In addition to the National School Breakfast, National School Lunch and the After School Supper Program, students at 23 schools receive fresh fruit and vegetable snacks daily in their classrooms as part of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
PPS School lunches meet the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act certification standards and reflect the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and ChooseMyPlate.gov by featuring whole grains, unlimited fresh fruits and vegetables, nonfat and 1% milk. Students may serve themselves from a variety of fruits and vegetables including two types of vegetables and two types of fruit and fresh salad greens. Students are encouraged to fill half their tray with fresh fruits and vegetables that are available with each school lunch purchased. The department purchases over 32% of products from local vendors for Farm to School programs such as Harvest of the Month and Local Flavors.
Nutrition Services is committed to creating healthy school environments that support life long wellness for students by increasing healthy choices and limiting access to minimally nutritious snacks and beverages. Visit our Wellness page to learn more.