FRESH PICKS CAFE NEWS
June 02, 2014
“Smart Snacks In School” Rule: Beverages Count, Starting July 1
The word’s out: Starting July 1, 2014, all US schools that get assistance from the National School Lunch Program are required to comply with USDA “Smart Snacks in School” rules for food and beverages.

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May 27, 2014
How Ready Are You For Smart Snacks In School? Starting July 1, USDA Rules Become Mandatory for Schools Across America
On July 1 THIS summer, USDA “Smart Snacks in School” rules become mandatory for the over 100,000 elementary, middle and high schools in the US that accept assistance from the National School Lunch Program.

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May 12, 2014
Fresh Picks Cafe Food Service Director Named “Champions for Children” in 2014.
Shelly LaClair, Food Service Director for the Barrington, New Hampshire school district, believes firmly in giving back to the community in which she works. Her generosity has not gone unnoticed. In March, the Barrington school district named Shelly the 2014 recipient of the annual Champions for Children award.

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April 14, 2014
Fresh Picks Café Joins Somersworth and Pittsfield, New Hampshire Schools To Teach Kids Fun, Healthy Habits
Living a healthy lifestyle is fun. It can taste good, too! That’s the lesson Fresh Picks Café is showing kids this spring at wellness fairs sponsored by the Somersworth/Rollinsford and Pittsfield, New Hampshire school communities.

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March 31, 2014
Fresh Picks Café Joins Brattleboro Community To Help Students Start The School Day Right
Eating a healthy breakfast every morning is good for everyone, especially for school kids. According to the American Dietetic Association, kids that eat breakfast perform better in class and on the playground with better concentration, problem-solving skills and hand-eye coordination.

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January 30, 2014
Third Graders Lobby FreshPicks Cafe To Eliminate Plastic Utensils From School Cafeteria
FreshPicks Café is committed to doing its part for the environment and works hard to set a positive example for kids. So when a class of third graders at Garrison Elementary School in Dover, New Hampshire wrote letters asking to eliminate plastic utensils from the cafeteria, FreshPicks Café took action. As of this month, the kids at the k-4 school are using only metal utensils at school.

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December 20, 2013
“Thank You” Fresh Picks Café For Making The Holidays Happier for Kids in Need
The management team at Café Services thanks the many Fresh Picks Café associates at schools across New Hampshire and Vermont who supported the corporate-wide Toys for Tots drive this month.

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November 25, 2013
Monday Is Meat-Free at FreshPicks Cafe
The Humane Society of the United States is partnering with Café Services to implement Meatless Monday at FreshPicks Café, by providing meat-free recipes that meet national school lunch guidelines and helping promote the benefits.

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October 25, 2013
New Hampshire School Kids Feast On An Apple A Day At Fresh Picks Café
To students served by Fresh Picks Café in Plymouth, New Hampshire, “an apple a day” is much more than an old saying from their parents’ childhood years. It’s a daily treat at school in October, when apple season is at its peak.

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September 01, 2013
Fresh Picks Cafe Makes News on WMUR New Hampshire
Fresh Picks Cafe chef and district manager, John Veeser, demonstrates healthy black bean salad recipe for Saturday morning channel 9 viewers.

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June 18, 2013
Cafe Services Proud Sponsor
Cafe Services is a Proud Sponsor of the Seacoast Harvest Local Food Guide!

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May 27, 2013
School Kitchen Garden Inspires Healthy Eating
Kids are more likely to try new foods when they’ve helped grow the ingredients. Just ask Café Services Food Service Director Shelly LaClair. She serves meals made with fresh produce from the Barrington, New Hampshire Middle School kitchen garden...

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April 04, 2013
Fresh Picks Café Director Leads Mission to Make Healthy Food From Local Farms Easily Accessible to All
Windham Farm and Food (WFF), nurtured for three years as a non-profit enabling easy access to healthy locally produced food, is forging a new path as an independent, mission-driven LLC. Who better to help lead the local food aggregation and delivery service into its next period of growth than Fresh Picks Café Food Services Director, John Ayer?

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March 08, 2013
Smart Snacks In School Puts USDA In Class With Fresh Picks Cafe
New USDA guidelines for offering healthy snacks in schools aim to bring kids across the country what Fresh Picks Café has been serving for over a decade: A variety of snack choices throughout the school day that not only taste good, but also meet the highest nutritional standards.

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June 13, 2012
Excellence Award Received for Food Safety!
Congratulations to Melissa and her team at our Trinity High School Cafeteria.

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June 01, 2012
Fresh Picks Cafe-Garden Grow Carts
Café Services loves to use fresh veggies and fresh herbs in the meals that we serve! This year Fresh Picks Café began to pilot a Garden Grow Cart program in schools.

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June 01, 2012
Get the Edge!
The Café Services team in partnership with the Lebanon SAU and HEAL are working hard to educate and energize students to Eat Smart, Get Out and Be Active.

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September 12, 2011
Second Annual Windham Farm Chef Workshop+
The Second Annual Windham Farm Chef Workshop hosted by Cafe Services in conjunction with The Windham County Farm and Food Network brought local Chefs together to exchange ideas and prepare dishes using local produce.

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May 31, 2011
Apple Festival
Inter-lakes School District Food Service Program, managed by Café Services has partnered with Picnic Rock Farms through NH Farm to Schools to bring more fresh fruits and vegetables into the school lunch program.

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May 31, 2011
In the Community
The First Annual Barrington Food Pantry Soup, Chili & Chowder Festival was a great success! Thirty One people participated and donations reached $775.00, canned food items were received at the door.

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May 31, 2011
Menu Awards Week
Students were challenged to write menus that conformed to standards for the school lunch program and incorporated as many local ingredients as possible.

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May 31, 2011
International Week
The first week of April was International Week at Middlebury Union High School. The cafeteria served featured foods from around the world, with items such as Ratatouille, Chicken Pad Thai & More!

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May 31, 2011
Stone Soup at Middlebury Union High School
This year's Stone Soup Summit and Associated School events held at Middlebury Union High School (MUHS) in early April were a great success!

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HOT TOPICS
New Environmentally Friendly Products
Cafe' Services now offers a variety of environmentally friendly products to all locations company wide. Our standard disposable products consist of 100% biodegradable plates, cups, salad containers and napkins.

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Wellness Program
Our bi-monthly online newsletters keep your school community informed on health and wellness activities in your school district.

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Farm to School in the Classroom
Giving students hands-on experience with a school garden encourages support for local agriculture, reinforces pride in ownership and promotes healthy, sustainable lifestyles.

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Nutritious and Fresh, Every Day
At the heart of our successful, school food service programs is our commitment to serving creative meals that not only taste good, but also are nutritious and fresh every day.

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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY
Partnering With Schools to Improve Nutrition
"Cafe Services Fresh Picks Cafe' "serves" not only food, it also "serves" as one of our school partners to promote wellness, improve nutrition, increase the standard of quality, and importantly, to also serve as a positive connection to students."...

Brenda Needham
Superintendent, Windsor School District
Service, Nutrition and Value
"We depend on our food service vendor to provide nutritionally sound and filling meals at a low cost.  That is a tough balance of priorities and requires the collaboration of the vendor and the school district, with input from parents and students.  We have contracted our food service since 1981 and have worked with a number of national firms.  New England-based Cafe' Services has proven to be the best...

Steven Hier
Business Manager, Springfield School District Springfield, VT
Dedicated and Professional
"I have utilized Cafe' Services as a food service management firm for over a decade.  They are extremely dedicated and professional.  The quality of the food and the preparation is excellent.  They have never failed to listen to any concern or to act in the best interest of running a high quality food service program in a public school district."...

Keith M. Pfeifer
Superintendent of Schools, SAU #17
Successfully Balancing Nutrition, Health and Financial Requirements
"I have contracted with Cafe' Services for managing school district food service operations in three New Hampshire school districts since 1993.  They have successfully balanced the nutritional, health, budgetary and financial requirements, not as an outside contractor but as an extension of the school district operations.  They have been responsive to concerns, questions and special requirements of students...

Jim Vezina
NH Department of Education
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