Summer Meals Program 2015

There is less than one month until the first day of the summer meals program, but it is not too late to sign up to serve meals. Summer meals fill an important nutrition gap in the months when students ages 18 and under do not have access to school breakfast and lunch. […]

Smart Snacks and Fundraising

Beginning this school year, all food sold to students on school grounds during the school day must meet USDA Smart Snacks in School standards. This includes all snacks sold at school, such as soft pretzel sales, and fundraisers like special lunches. […]

In Honor of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

As we celebrate National Nutrition Month this month, the staff of Nutritional Development Services extends our gratitude to all the nutrition professionals who have crossed our paths through the years and who have enriched the work of NDS. […]

National Nutrition Month

In March, Nutritional Development Services is looking forward to celebrating National Nutrition Month. We have planned some exciting events in this month, and we are also available to help you with your healthy school functions! […]

Study Finds School Lunches More Nutritious than Packed Lunches

Researchers in a recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior have found that National School Lunch Program (NSLP) meals are more nutritious than lunches brought from home. […]

CEP Has Increased Participation

NDS has greatly expanded access to healthy meals with the introduction of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) at the start of this school year. For 17,256 students at 60 schools sponsored by NDS, breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost at school each day. We now have data to quantify the impact of CEP on participation in school meals. […]

PrimeroEdge Point of Service

This fall, Nutritional Development Services began rolling out a new electronic point of service system to schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. NDS provides touch-screen laptops equipped with PrimeroEdge software on which school managers can record meals served. […]

Equal Access to Healthy Meals

This school year, we are pleased to roll out a new program that will make it easier for families to access free meals for their children at school. Known as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), it allows eligible schools to serve free meals to all students regardless of individual family income. […]

Summer Social Media Contests

Keeping up with our social media accounts is an easy way to stay engaged in and informed about our programming. Recent posts include program updates, meal photos, and creative craft and exercise ideas. We are also running several contests throughout the summer months. […]

Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program 2014-15

The Archdiocesan Office of Nutritional Development Services (NDS) has been a sponsor of the School Meals programs for over forty years. In the past five years, NDS has also assisted area schools with participation in the federally-funded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). […]