Welcome Back Letter

Dear Parents,

The beginning of the school year is approaching and we would like to extend a warm welcome to let you know that Whitsons School Nutrition has exciting plans for the school meal program. Our goal is to serve nutritious, well-balanced meals that appeal to students and the school community. We are pleased to provide a comprehensive school dining program for the Pelham School District that meets the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program requirements and engages students in developing a positive “Fooditude”.

At Whitsons we are going back to a time when good food was simple. As part of our new Simply Rooted™ Food Philosophy we are focused on using ingredients that are locally sourced, all-natural, organic or non-GMO, and minimally processed, whenever possible. We’re going back to our roots and we would like the entire Pelham School District community to join us on this journey. Some new items that may appear on menus include: organic veggie burgers, whole grain pasta with organic tomato sauce, organic meats such as turkey and sausages, organic applesauce and a variety of fresh fruit side dishes, just to name a few. 

Here is some general information that will be helpful to begin the new school year:

FOODITUDE:

Our interactive healthy eating program, called Fooditude, motivates and inspires students to consider the many benefits healthy eating and exercise have on their growing bodies and minds. With Fooditude, we are embarking on a movement to help students develop positive self-esteem and healthy eating habits by making a connection between attitudes and living healthy. It’s all about making the connection between food and healthy habits.

At elementary schools, our award-winning Nutrition Safari® program will introduce younger students to lovable animal characters to teach them about selecting healthy choices from each different food group for a well-balanced diet. The program’s mission is to increase participation in the National School Lunch Program and encourage students to develop lifelong healthy eating habits.

At secondary schools, monthly Fooditude Flaves will feature trendy menus items and activities to engage older students. Whitsons has also invested in professional signage and merchandising that creates a food court-style environment. It’s like going out to lunch without ever leaving the building. Our goal is to entice students to make nutritious and delicious meal choices.

OTHER INFORMATION:

To learn more about Whitsons, visit our website at https://schools.whitsons.com/ny/pelham-public-schools?page=welcome. We’re excited about our partnership with the Pelham Schools and hope to provide a great program while becoming part of the Pelham community.

Your opinion matters to us. If you have any suggestions for the school nutrition program, please contact your Food Service Director Mary Mills at 914-738-8110 Ext. 1184. Details of our program, as well as school menus and other important information are available at: https://schools.whitsons.com/ny/pelham-public-schools?page=welcome: We are here to serve you and your children’s needs, and look forward to being a part of your community for many years to come.

Sincerely,

Mary Mills
Director of Food Services
914-738-8110 Ext. 1184
millsm@whitsons.com

DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.