HPS Food & Nutrition Department Serves Cultural Fare and Fun for our After-school Programs

HPS Food & Nutrition Department Serves Cultural Fare and Fun for our After-school Programs

Our Food and Nutrition department serves supper to students in approximately 20 of our schools to support our extended-day, special programming school services. This year to celebrate those students and families and to introduce new, cultural fare made from locally-grown ingredients, the Food and Nutrition department invited parents and families to join the children and representatives from Hartford Public Schools to celebrate the holidays with special holidays meals. The meals were served in 2 of our supper meals programs sites; Sanchez School and Simpson-Waverly School.

The Simpson-Waverly meal was comprised of traditional African-American favorites:   Whole Grain Baked Breaded Chicken Leg, Whole Grain Macaroni & Cheese, Farm Fresh Collard Greens, Whole Grain Corn Muffin and Sweet Potato Pie with Whipped Cream. (Students pictured above enjoy the feast.)

A beautiful family celebrates together.

The Sanchez meal featured a traditional Puerto Rican dinner: Arroz con Gandules (Brown Rice with Pigeon Peas,) Whole Grain Baked Breaded Chicken Leg, Aguacate (Avocado,) Oven Baked Tostones, Garden Salad with Baby Grape Tomatoes & Cucumber Slices, and Dulce de Arroz con Canela ( Rice Pudding with Cinnamon)

Our FoodCorps Service members worked with our after-school program partners on a special activity for the children.


The Food & Nutrition department covered the cost of the parents and families, and the HSSA Union generously contributed $25 gift cards redeemable in an area supermarket which were given to families at the dinner to help cover the costs of their holiday meals in their own homes.

Denise Ortiz, from La Casa/Hispanic Health Council Program, who oversees the after-school program, coordinated the raffle and invited the families to the dinner. Also, present was Jorge Rivera, Director of Mi Casa Youth Services, whose presence is always an honor.

Hartford Firestation # 8  from 721 Park Street donated two bicycles for a drawing at the Sanchez School dinner.  The lucky winners are shown above, with Principal Azra Redzic (left) and members of Fire Station #8.