Mrs. Chowdhury Goes to Washington
April 7, 2014
Foodservice Director Tazeen Chowdhury traveled to Washington, D.C., on March 31 and April 1 to take part in a national gathering hosted by The Pew Charitable Trusts in support of efforts to improve school nutrition. Mrs. Chowdhury spoke at a senate sub-committee on school nutrition policy and met with the staff of Sen. Casey, Sen. Toomey, Rep. Murphy, and Rep. Fattah to share examples of how the Mt. Lebanon School District’s Food Service Department is at the forefront of a national school health movement by serving and selling healthier meals, snacks, and drinks to students.
In the past 5 years the Mt. Lebanon Foodservice Department has gone through changes by implementing the National School Lunch Program creating a healthy school environment to help students learn and grow. It now serves unlimited fruits and vegetables, offers more whole grains and low-fat milk. “It was an honor to share our successes with the National School Lunch Program and to see how much support there is to improve the health of children,” said Mrs. Chowdhury. “We are making a difference.”
This past fall, the district received recognition and a visit from PA Secretary of Agriculture George Grieg for their newly implemented Farm to School Program which highlights locally grown produce served in their school lunch program. Throughout the process, Mt. Lebanon’s Foodservice Department has worked to generate student support by forming advisory committees, conducting classroom education and providing taste-testing of school lunch samples to students and parent groups alike, while still maintaining overall school food service revenues. The healthy changes being made in Mt. Lebanon make it a model of success in Pennsylvania and around the country.