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Wolf Administration Joins Pittsburgh-area Schools, University of Pittsburgh to Kick Off Game Day Meals-PA Preferred® Partnership

Pittsburgh, PA - Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined more than 600 Mt. Lebanon High School students, administrators, and University of Pittsburgh officials to kick off Game Day Meals, a program providing locally-grown, nutritious meals designed to support peak performance in the classroom, on stage, and on the athletic field. Game Day Meals is a partnership of the state PA Preferred® program and University of Pittsburgh’s dining services, with support from the university’s dietary science and business programs, to offer performance-boosting meals on Fridays to 50,000 students in Pittsburgh-area schools.

“Peak performance in the classroom, on stage, in athletics requires good nutrition,” Secretary Redding said. “When the trip from farm to table is short, foods are at their freshest and most nutritious. Getting PA Preferred® foods in our schools is the best way to fuel peak performance by our students, our athletes, and ultimately, our economy.”

Mt. Lebanon is one of numerous schools in the Pittsburgh area that will be serving locally-sourced, dietitian-designed, whole-foods Game Day Meals on Fridays throughout the school year. Menus include Korean beef over brown rice, veggie stir-fry; Philly cheesesteaks with beef and provolone cheese; pulled pork “street tacos”, boneless, skinless grilled chicken sandwiches; and barbecued chicken grilled-cheese sandwiches. Meals were planned by University of Pittsburgh dieticians to provide peak energy levels and age-appropriate nutrition to support academic and extracurricular performance.

“As Pitt Dining continues our approach of engaging communities,” University of Pittsburgh Director of Dining Services Joe Beaman said, “We are excited to forward our goal of ‘becoming a part of the educational model’ by working with organizations across Western Pennsylvania and beyond to adopt Game Day Meals.”

The PA Farm Bill, a historic piece of bipartisan piece of legislation Governor Tom Wolf signed in July, funds programs and initiatives that fuel the peak performance of our farmers, communities and economy by supporting programs like Farm to School grants, ag education, school nutrition, and the PA Preferred® program.

For more information on the Wolf Administration’s commitment to sustainable, agriculture, visit the Department of Agriculture’s website or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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