School Nutrition Kicks off the Holiday Season with their Annual Harvest Lunch

Written By: Stefanie Dove, RDN, School Nutrition Marketing Coordinator This week, School Nutrition Services hosted their annual Harvest Lunch in all schools across the county to celebrate American Education Week. The meal was served during regular meal times in the schools with some of the holiday staples that many have for their upcoming Thanksgiving meal….

Harvest of the Month Recipe: Mushroom Quesadilla

Our Harvest of the Month program is back in full swing for the new school year!! All K-12 students will have the opportunity to try a seasonal fruit or vegetable at no cost during school lunch.  This is open to all students, not just those who purchase school lunch that day.  The first feature items…

School Nutrition Services Wins “One In A Melon Award” for Virginia

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) School Nutrition Services received a “One in a Melon” Award from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its efforts to bring fresh, local produce to the students eating in school cafeterias each day. One district per state received the honor. LCPS was selected from among all of the…

Health Benefits of Strawberries

It is no coincidence that our students love strawberries!  This year, we have been fortunate to expose our students to locally grown berries from Wegmeyer’s Farm right here in Loudoun! Here are some fun facts about strawberries! One cup of strawberries provides more than 100% of the recommend daily allowance of vitamin C for adults…

Wegmeyer Farms Donates Over 400 Strawberry Plants to Loudoun County Schools

Last month, Wegmeyer Farms in Hamilton, Virginia generously donated over 400 plants to 17 schools in the district as a way to enhance their current school gardens and allow School Nutrition Services to help them make connections about their food.  Each school received approximately 30 plants that will mature to fully producing strawberry plants over…

Promoting New Foods During School Lunch

This year at LCPS, we launched our seasonal fruit and vegetable tasting promotion in all of our schools (Taste It Thursday in elementary and Fear Factor Friday in secondary schools).  In January, our elementary students were able to try seasonal ruby red grapefruit (the secondary promotion was cancelled due to the blizzard).  This promotion was…

LCPS Breakfast Item Spotlight: Fundles

School Breakfast just got better thanks to our new menu item: Fundles™, individually wrapped stuffed sandwiches designed to make it easier for students to enjoy a hot breakfast item that they can grab and go. Combining a whole grain rich crust with hearty fillings, Fundles™ are both nutritious and appealing to our students. This year, we offer…

Fear Factor Friday is back at our Middle and High Schools!

Last month our students got to conquer their fears of vegetables by trying parsnips.  This month, they will get to try cauliflower!!  The next Fear Factor Friday will be held on November 20th.  Fear Factor Friday is available to every student during lunch on the specified day!  Let us know what you think of cauliflower…