National School Lunch Week - October 15 - 19th
First created in 1962 by JFK, the National School Lunch Program serves more than 30 million children every school day—that’s something to love! Our theme this year is “School Lunch: Lots 2 Love”, and it’s all about showing off the secrets of our school lunch program! Visit our Facebook for pictures showing our lunch program, meals, staff, students, and more!
Students are encouraged to complete a coloring activity and let us know what they love most about school lunch. Additionally, a parent newsletter is available about the National School Lunch program and the healthy options available for school lunch!
Check out the café on Thursday for a special treat with a complete lunch (entree + fruit/vegetable)!!
In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, Chartwells in partnership with Pierce Elementary School has ditched our plastic straws in our cafeteria. Americans alone discard more than 30 million tons of plastic a year; only 8 percent of it gets recycled and plastic never goes away. Plastic is a durable material made to last forever, yet 33 percent of it is used once and then discarded. Plastic cannot biodegrade; it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. Let’s protect our Earth, and get on board with ditching the plastic!
*straws will be available to those who require for extenuating circumstances
Condiment Changes Impacting Food Allergies
Chartwells will be transitioning away from Hampton Creek Just Mayo to Kraft/Heinz for mayonnaise. This product change is significant because the new mayonnaise will introduce major allergens that were not present in Hampton Creek: soy and egg. A few things to note:
- Nutrislice will now display soy and egg allergens for any mayonnaise-containing recipes.
- The new products also contain onion and garlic, which although not major allergens, may need to be avoided by students with diagnosed allergies to these foods.
If you have questions regarding this temporary substitution, please contact Holly Fields, RD.
Alexa now works with Nutrislice
Chartwells School Dining at Birmingham Public Schools is Hiring!
A great opportunity for anyone interested in employment during the school day / year OR interested in a career in food services.