Chocolate milk is back

Reduced-sugar, fat-free chocolate milk was reintroduced in our cafeterias this week. We’re hoping to boost our students’ milk consumption. The USDA mandates a serving of fluid milk, although when it’s plain white milk, not many students are actually drinking it. Bringing back chocolate milk was a common request in our school lunch surveys. Based on a lot of factors (including those surveys), fat-free chocolate milk reappeared this week. This excitement is likely old news if you have a student in our schools. I stopped by Lathrop Elementary...

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Peanuts out, sun butter in at Rockford Public Schools kitchens

In Rockford Public Schools kitchens, nutrition services staff give students sun butter, made from sunflower seeds, as an alternative to peanut butter. That means students with peanut allergies still have a healthy alternative and can enjoy a good ol’ PB and J… Or more realistically, SB and J. RPS Culinary Trainer and Chef Nate Huff recently let the communications staff try a sample sandwich and the butter itself (see picture). It doesn’t have the same peanut-y taste, but the texture is smooth and salty, and paired with the jelly, it’s tasty....

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State grant offers fruit & veggies to Summerdale, Hillman students

Describe the taste of a kumquat – that’s the small citrus fruit that looks a lot like an orange. How about a star fruit – the hand fruit native to the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and India? Students at Swan Hillman Elementary School and Summerdale Early Childhood Center will receive fresh fruits and vegetables like star fruit and kumquats at least twice a week this coming school year. The fruit and vegetable program is funded through a state grant; this is the third year Hillman School will participate. Principal Carolyn Kloss said the...

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