Chatham University

Sample Day

FOCUS: School Lunch and The Food System

Breakfast Discussion: Changing School Lunch
How did the school lunch system come to be what it is today? Take a look at the history which dates back to World War II and review what is being done to change it today.

Guest Speakers
A panel of local professionals in the Pittsburgh food world who are working within the UDSA guidelines and strive to provide healthy, locally sourced, freshly prepared foods in the schools that they serve.


Readings: Lecture and Discussion
Selections from Amy Kalafa, Lunch Wars; Ann Cooper and Lisa Holmes, Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children; Janet Poppendieck, Free For All: Fixing School Food in America.

Afternoon Break: Swimming

Dinner and a Movie

Sample Field Trip Day

The Local School Lunch Scene

Trip to Paragon Foods
Paragon, a fresh foods distributor in the Pittsburgh area has been in business for over 50 years. In 2012, they sourced food for distribution to their restaurant, health care and school clients from over 20 local farms and 2 local dairies. We'll learn about their business and the tools that they have developed to aid schools in providing fresh foods in season to their students.

Lunch at Springboard Cafe
We'll dine on freshly prepared foods when we visit this sandwich shop/deli that serves as a training kitchen for the food service students of Springboard Kitchens.

Trip to Springboard Kitchen
Currently this innovative nonprofit food service company provides meals to three schools in the Pittsburgh area as well as clients served in a variety of non-profits, shelters and home bound seniors. We will also learn about their food service training and food rescue programs.

Afternoon Break


Game Night