Food Services: Focus on nutritious and delicious food, and sustainability

Food Service will be provided by Whitsons this year at Newton Public Schools. Whitsons was selected as the new vendor in May mainly because they promised to focus on serving nutritious and delicious food, keeping sustainability a priority and ensuring students are at their best. School Connections played an active role in advocating for this, and now our job is to make sure this becomes a reality. One of the ways we will be doing it is by participating in the recently formed Food Service Advisory Group (FSAG), which has representatives from all Newton Schools.

If you would like to provide feedback, ask questions or express concerns about the new food service provider at your school, please complete this form created by FSAG: Food Service Community Comment Form

Check out the updated website where you can find menus, allergy information and more.

Here is an excerpt from Whitsons’ Welcome page:

Food Waste Reduction 

Whitsons is committed to doing our part when it comes to food loss and waste reduction. By keeping wholesome and nutritious food in our communities and out of our landfills, we are helping address far-reaching impacts on food security, resource conservation, and climate change. As a U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champion, Whitsons is striving to reduce food loss and waste in all operations by 50 percent by 2030 through activities targeting the prevention of food loss and waste before it arises, recovery of wholesome otherwise wasted food for donation, and recycling of food loss and waste to other uses such as animal feed, compost, and energy generation.

Whitsons is pleased to introduce Meatless Monday to your school cafeteria!

Meatless Monday is a science-based public health initiative associated with Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Its goal is to reduce chronic preventable diseases by encouraging less consumption of meat. This campaign will enable school staff and students to make even more nutritious choices, as well as help improve the health of the planet. By adopting Meatless Monday, we are helping to move towards a more sustainable food system and healthier eating habits that last a lifetime.

Meatless Monday will feature meal options made without meat each Monday. To be clear, dishes with meat will still be offered on Mondays; we are just providing new meatless options. We hope that students will enjoy our new meatless menu offering and will support the Meatless Monday campaign along with us.