Pam Dannon, Ed.M., R.D.

Registered Dietitian

p: (757) 259-7186
e: pamela.dannon@wjccschools.org

Chef Marie Homer

SHIP/CNS Partnership Consulting Chef

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 https://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/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 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCXtRgptcAjcPdZ2TUeMcZg, 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
    • Culinary training and recipe development provided by our Consulting Chef
    • 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.

SHIP Farm to School Cookbook

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.

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Nutrition Education Kits

Nutrition Education Kits are available for use at school events.  In each kit there is a checklist of the contents which shows the games/activities that are part of the kit.  Some games/activities require an attendant and some are self-explanatory.  All kits include a variety of educational handouts (some are ready to go and some are a master copy that will require copying before your event) and a variety of prizes — like pencils, stickers, and bookmarks– for students.  Most kits include recipes, which have proven very popular among the parents who attend the school event.

Contact Pam Dannon, SHIP/CNS Registered Dietitian at pamela.dannon@wjccschool.org or 259-7186 to reserve or check out a kit.