Pam Dannon, Ed.M., R.D.Registered Dietitian
Phone: (757) 259-7186
Liz Callan, M.S.Culinary Educator
Phone: (757) 603-6423

Healthy eating is a vital part of wellness and readiness to learn.  Students who are well-nourished are more alert and better able to focus on learning.  SHIP provides nutrition information and resources, supports the school meal program and community partners in providing access to healthy food, and reinforces healthy lifestyles in the schools, home and community.

  • SHIP teaches nutrition in the classroom to kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students as part of the SHIP Wellness Integration Program.  Lessons are based on MyPlate and provide students with essential information needed to make healthy choices.
  • SHIP provides resources to support parents such as recipes developed for our Farm to School Program and used in our cafeterias, school celebration resources, healthy fundraising ideas, and nutrition information for families.
  • Child Nutrition Services (CNS) Partnership provides nutrition education for students and staff and works to continuously improve food and beverage offerings in school cafeterias so students and staff will have healthier choices. The partnership includes:
    • Nutrition education provided by our Registered Dietitian
    • Training and recipe development provided by our Registered Dietitian
    • Farm to School Program with local farms and suppliers bringing locally grown produce to our cafeterias on a regular basis and Farm to School tasting events to encourage students to try new vegetables.
    • Nutrition outreach through community events, family cooking classes, and school-based family events.

The SHIP/Child Nutrition Services Partnership includes farm to school programming with locally grown produce offered in our school cafeterias and free samples offered to our students and staff. Farm to school programs encourage students to try new fruits and vegetables, offer students nutrition and agriculture education, and support our local farmers and local economy. These recipes have all been served in our school cafes.

SHIP Farm to School Cookbook

SHIP is expanding its Farm to School program! We have had Farm to School (F2S) Try Days in the schools, F2S2Class lessons in the classroom, and now we have F2S2Home. Seasonally, we will send home an F2S Activity Book to offer agriculture and nutrition education to elementary school students. In Fall 2020, we sent home fresh, local butternut squash along with the booklet and recipe and video links. Feel free to print out more copies HERE and explore the other local, fall crops. Visit the SHIP You Tube channel for short videos about how to prepare fresh veggies. Stay tuned for our Winter 2021 local vegetable!

Farm To Table Fall Activity Book