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The Tiny, Mighty Greenhouse

Written By: Elise Chad, FoodCorps Service Member with Pittsburg Unified School District

What do you do when your school district is already rocking school gardens?

This was the conundrum I had when I first started as a FoodCorps Service Member at Pittsburg Unified School District last fall. PUSD has gardens at 11 of the 13 schools in the district thanks to a dedicated and passionate Garden Supervisor, Michelle DeCoy. She also gets the garden produce onto the school salad bars and holds monthly garden markets to engage with parents, staff, and students among many other tasks she accomplishes. PUSD’s Edible Garden Resource Center has a very ambitious program and I was happy to help where I could.

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Say No to Takis! Fifth Graders Work to Make Their School a Healthier Place

Written by: Elizabeth Esparza, FoodCorps Service Member with Pittsburg Unified School District 

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Fifth graders at Willow Cove Elementary in Pittsburg, CA make an alternative snack to Takis. The secret recipe, you ask? It’s just lime, cayenne, and freshly cut jicama.

Fifth graders at Willow Cove Elementary in Pittsburg are on a mission to make their school Takis free. Takis are a popular spicy rolled tortilla chip snack, similar to Hot Cheetos in spice and unhealthiness. For a project in class, students began to do some research on the unhealthy and potentially harmful ingredients present in the snack and found that they just could not keep the knowledge to themselves. Continue reading

Pittsburg, California: Bringing the Farm into Summer

Written by: Matthew Belasco, Director of Child Nutrition Services with Pittsburg Unified School District

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PUSD Food Services Department sold fresh affordable produce from the district’s school gardens.

Here in Pittsburg, fresh, healthy, California-sourced meals don’t stop for the summer. All summer long, Pittsburg Unified School District (PUSD) provides free summer meals to children and teens.

By providing free meals at local parks, libraries, schools, community centers, and churches, PUSD ensures that students who rely on school lunch during the school year have access to nutritious meals for the summer. The program is part of USDA’s Seamless Summer Meals program, which provides free meals to children ages 0-18 when school’s out for the summer. Continue reading