CHECK THAT OUT Pinwheels | E S Foods Consider adding E S Foods’ Pinwheels hand-held sandwiches to your lunch menu. With each corner turned up, the Pinwheels have a fun and unique look, while also being easy to hold. Made with whole-grain dough, each Pinwheel meets 2 meat and 2 grain requirements. The Pinwheels are available in Mozzarella Cheese, Philly Steak & Cheese and Reduced-Fat Turkey Pepperoni varieties. They’re available individually wrapped in oven-ready film or bulk-packed. Visit www.esfoods.com. READ THIS Hairnets and Aprons | JoAnn Wismer Written by a lunch lady, for a lunch lady (and those who appreciate them!), Hairnets and Aprons covers the challenge of balancing motherhood, family and career in the school nutrition profession. The book features funny, sad and heartwarming stories of lunch ladies from all across the globe. The book is available on Amazon. ENTER THIS Youth Garden Grants | KidsGardening.org Keep a lookout for the application for a Youth Garden Grant from KidsGardening.org, which, at press time, was scheduled to be available in October. Since 1982, Youth Garden Grants have reached more than 1.3 million students and hundreds of schools, helping them to establish new school and community gardens, as well as assist in sustaining and renewing existing gardens. Visit www.kidsgardening.org/garden-grants for more information, including the TBD deadline for applying. CHECK THAT OUT Pressed by KIND | KIND Snacks Add a new snack to your menu with Pressed by KIND, a bar available for schools in five flavors: Mango Apple Chia, Pineapple Coconut Chia, Pineapple Banana Kale Spinach, Apricot Pear Carrot Beet and Cherry Apple Chia. The bars are gluten-free, as well as a good source of fiber and omega-3s. In August, KIND announced that it’s publishing the added sugar content for all of its snacks in an effort to further its commitment to transparency surrounding the nutritional content of its products. Visit www.kindsnacks.com and do your own research to determine how they fit with federal, state and local nutrition standards. CHECK THAT OUT Serving Line | Vollrath Company Vollrath has debuted a new contemporary serving line, featuring a three-well hot/cold and two drop-in induction warmers. Launched at the National Restaurant Association show last spring, the unit combines traditional equipment construction with natural walnut wood décor and a solid surface countertop. The open end of the unit gives the operator the flexibility to create a plate storage area, merchandising shelves or both. Visit http://vollrath.com. LOOK AT THAT America’s Healthiest Schools | Alliance for a Healthier Generation The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has announced this year’s class of America’s Healthiest Schools, which meet stringent guidelines for serving healthier meals and snacks, encouraging students to move more, offering physical and health education and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models. Gold-level winners include Belcher Elementary School, Clearwater, Fla.; Freedom Elementary School, Fort Sill, Okla.; La Quinta (Calif.) Middle School; and Seaton Elementary School, Washington, D.C. For a complete list of winners, visit www.healthiergeneration.org. READ THIS Cooking with Superfoods | Hannah Frey Incorporate some of the healthiest foods available—avocados, spinach, pomegranates, lemons and more—into your cooking, and reap the benefits of the antioxidants, minerals and vitamins they offer. The author of the Clean Eating Cookbook and a nutritionist and blogger offers a look at 30 specific superfoods with accompanying recipes. The book is available on Amazon. LOOK AT THAT Game on Grant Winners | Action for Healthy Kids/GoGo squeeZ Action for Healthy Kids and its partner, GoGo squeeZ, have announced the 50 recipients of the Grants for Healthy Kids for SY 2016-17. Schools in 16 states won the grants, aimed to expand student access to physical activity and healthy foods in schools and boost other healthy habits. Winning schools include Elk Meadow Elementary School, Bend, Ore.; Meadows Elementary School, Topeka, Kan.; Turman Elementary and Centennial Elementary Schools in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Talbot Innovation School in Fall River, Mass. For the complete list, visit http://tinyurl.com/AFHKGameOnWinners. CLICK THIS Sustainable Food Systems | Food Tank www.foodtank.com Visit Food Tank, an online-based organization focused on “finding sustainable solutions to fixing our broken food system.” Areas of focus include climate change, family farming, food waste, water, poverty, public health and innovation/technology. It collects relevant articles from international publications, as well as providing information and commentary from its own staff. CHECK THAT OUT Wild Mike’s Ultimate Pizza | S.A. Piazza Made from 51% whole grains, herbs and featuring four cheeses—mozzarella, provolone, Romano and Parmesan—Wild Mike’s Ultimate Pizza products from S.A. Piazza are free from artificial ingredients. The product line features Deep Dish pizzas, Breakfast Pizza, Cheese Bites, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Breadsticks and more. Visit www.wildmikesultimatepizza.com. LOOK AT THAT Recipe Winner | Cranberry Marketing Committee/USA Pears Congratulations to Doris Demers, Oyster River Cooperative School District, Durham, N.H., who won The Next Great Cranberry-Pear Recipe contest from the Cranberry Marketing Committee and USA Pears. Her recipe for Baked Winter Squash With Sweet Potatoes, Pears and Cranberries earned her $500. CHECK THAT OUT La Croix Sparkling Water | National Beverage Corp. Your students won’t even miss soda once they try La Croix Sparkling Water, a zero-calorie, sugar-and sodium-free sparkling water. The water comes in 100% recyclable cans and in 12 flavors, including Passionfruit, Lemon, Orange and Coconut. La Croix is the No. 1 canned sparkling water brand in the U.S. Visit www.lacroixwater.com and research how the product fits within federal, state and local nutrition standards. CHECK THAT OUT Super Greens Veggie Burger | Dr. Praeger’s Veggie burgers are a common go-to when looking for a vegetarian-friendly, kid-appropriate menu option. Dr. Praeger’s takes it up a notch with the Super Greens Veggie Burger. With a formulation that features collard greens, quinoa, kale, Swiss chard and turnip greens, these hamburger substitutes are GMO-and preservative-free and are also safe for those with a gluten sensitivity. Visit www.drpraegers.com/food-service for more details. CLICK THIS Occupational Safety and Health Administration | U.S. Department of Labor www.osha.gov Stay safe with the help of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). On its website, you can find answers to important questions such as “What should I do if there’s a dangerous situation at work?” and “What are employers’ responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act?” Employers can also download safety posters available in multiple languages. ENTER THIS School Food Support Initiative Grants | Chef Ann Foundation/Whole Kids Foundation Apply for a School Food Support Initiative Grant offered by a partnership of the Chef Ann Foundation and the Whole Kids Foundation. The grants are aimed to help motivated school districts establish healthier meal programs by providing technical assistance, strategic planning and funding opportunities. Applications for SY 2016-17 are being accepted through November 30, 2016. Selected districts will each receive program services valued at approximately $192,000 (depending on the size of the district). For more information, including required qualifications, visit www.chefannfoundation.org. CHECK THAT OUT Prep Washers | Hobart Check out the PW10 and Advansys PW10eR from Hobart. These energy-and resource-saving prep washer solutions are now available for foodservice kitchens. Using a cold water supply and just half the water of competing brands, the new prep washers accommodate up to 10 sheet pans or a 140-qt. mixing bowl. The washer features four-spoke wash arms that feature 50% more wash nozzles than conventional designs. Visit http://hobartcorp.com to learn more. CHECK THAT OUT Equipment Accessories | Traulsen Traulsen continually looks for ways to improve its hot and cold cabinets, and in that spirit has introduced the EZ-Clean Gasket, which is made of durable sanitizer-friendly Santoprene, so it can be removed, cleaned and reinstalled repeatedly. It has also introduced the EZ-Open Foot Pedal, which opens a temperature-holding cabinet by pressing a lever with your foot; the Bare-Tube Coil, which makes regular compressor cleanings unnecessary by removing the surfaces that dust and dirt cling to; and the EZ Change Interiors, which allow you to reconfigure shelves in these cabinets without tools. Visit www.traulsen.com.
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