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Project PA, a collaboration between Penn State University's Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition, partners with schools and their communities to provide sound nutrition education and to promote children's healthy eating behaviors.


Current Projects

New School Food Service Directors and other individuals with responsibilities related to operating school meal programs can...

Schools in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation are working to provide healthier foods to students and teach them the skills they need...

Pennsylvania Harvest of the Month is a program developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Project PA (Penn State...

The School Breakfast Outreach and Education project provides information about school breakfast, resources to help schools expand...

Orientation to School Nutrition Programs (Part 2) – Webinar Series


The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Division of Food and Nutrition, in collaboration with Project PA (Penn State), is offering an “Orientation to School Food Service Operations (Part 2)” as a series of webinars. These sessions are designed to provide critical information to help new (and aspiring) school Food Service Directors, and/or those responsible for Food Service Operations, to be successful in their positions. However, because these sessions are being offered virtually, they are open to anyone at any stage of their school food service career.



Culinary Training Sessions (Summer 2019) Feature Five Pennsylvania Specialty Crops


During the summer of 2019, Project PA delivered three culinary training sessions for school food service employees. These two-day, hands-on sessions were led by Chef Bill Scepansky and were funded by a Specialty Crop Block Grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Sessions were held at Seneca Valley School District (Harmony, PA), Derry Township School District (Hershey, PA) and Souderton Area School District (Souderton, PA). Recipes used in the sessions featured five Pennsylvania specialty crops – broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, squash, and sweet potatoes. All of the recipes are now available in PrimeroEdge.


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