May 20, 2019
Media Statement Regarding the Firing of Mascoma Valley Regional High School Food Service Employee
Media statement regarding the firing of Mascoma Valley Regional High School food service employee....

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April 07, 2017
Fresh Picks Café Shows High Schoolers Link Between Public Policy and Healthy Eating Habits
At Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, New Hampshire, school lunches from the Fresh Picks Café are more than just a source of sustenance, they're part of the curriculum....

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November 22, 2016
Hydroponic Grow Carts Enhance Hands-On Learning in Dover and Hampstead New Hampshire Schools
Kids that care about sustainable eating want to know where the ingredients in their food were grown. At New Hampshire schools in Dover and Hampstead, kids that want to know where the basil on their pi...

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April 29, 2016
Fresh Picks Cafe Helps Manchester 3rd-Graders Bring Tastier, Healthy Food To School Cafeteria
School lunches that meet federally mandated nutrition standards may be good for kids' health, but not for kids' taste buds - or a successful school food service program, for that matter. ...

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February 05, 2016
Fresh Picks Café Gives New Hampshire School Kids A 'Taste of India' To Enhance Their Understanding of Indian Culture
Last month, when 6th graders at the Henniker Community School studied India through an Artist-in-Residency program, the school called on Fresh Picks Cafe to serve a school-wide lunch featuring a sampl...

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December 10, 2015
At Springfield High, Hydroponic Garden Gets Kids Talking About Local Food
If you want to know what kids at Springfield High are talking about this month, just take a walk through the cafeteria. Right in the middle, you'll see a rectangular cart on wheels with racks of red l...

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October 27, 2015
Fresh Picks Café Supports Sustainable Vergennes To Teach Vermont Students Benefits of Local Agriculture and Healthy, Sustainable Lifestyles
Giving students hands-on experience with a school garden is a great way to teach the benefits of supporting local agriculture and leading a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. ...

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September 28, 2015
Fresh Picks Café Employees Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries in 2015
As lead cook at Elm Hill Elementary in Springfield, Vermont, Anna Tewksbury knows the school kids by name, and cares deeply about satisfying the students and educators she serves. ...

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May 31, 2015
Health and Wellness Internships Are Mutually Rewarding to Fresh Picks Café and University of New Hampshire College Students
Jordan Tierney is a junior at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). A nutrition major studying to be a dietitian, she agrees with Frank Gillespie, a registered dietitian and Manager of Training and N...

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April 30, 2015
Fresh Picks Café Congratulates Jalapeno Hotties of Brattleboro Union High School, “Lively Local” Winners at Vermont Junior Iron Chef Competition
Ashley Maguire is a senior at Brattleboro Union High School and student in Sandy Cormier’s Food Fundamentals class. A competitor in last month’s 8th Annual Vermont Junior Iron Chef competition, sh...

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March 30, 2015
Fresh Picks Café Congratulates Profile Regional High School, Top Achiever In New Hampshire School Breakfast Challenge
Fresh Picks Café is proud to announce that on March 13, Profile Regional High School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire was recognized as the top achieving small high school in the New Hampshire School Brea...

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February 15, 2015
FreshPicks Café Sponsoring Middle and High School Students at 8th Annual Vermont Junior Iron Chef Competition.
Get cooking! On Saturday, March 21, FreshPicks Café is sending four teams of middle and high school students from the Brattleboro, Vergennes and Windsor, Vermont school districts to compete in the st...

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February 02, 2015
Fresh Picks Café Associate Wins Outstanding Citizen Award in Pittsfield, New Hampshire.
Fresh Picks Café food service associate, Marion “Gram” Pouliot, does more than just help lunchtime go smoothly at Pittsfield Middle School. She greets kids by name with a smile, spots them for sn...

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October 10, 2014
To Get Kids to Eat Healthy, Get Them Into the Cafeteria
Fresh Picks Café Bringing Action Stations To Over 50 New Hampshire and Vermont School Districts, Starting October 2014 ...

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June 02, 2014
Smart Snacks and Beverages In School
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 beverage...

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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 Pro...

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May 12, 2014
Fresh Picks Cafe Food Service Director Named
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 M...

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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, ...

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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 pl...

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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 Hamp...

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December 20, 2013
Thank You to Fresh Picks Café Employees
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 an...

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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 Octobe...

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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 Barrin...

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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 ...

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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 sch...

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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 usin...

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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 lu...

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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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Partnering With Schools to Improve Nutrition
"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 studen...

Steven Hier
Business Manager, Springfield School District Springfield, VT
Dedicated and Professional
"I have utilized Fresh Picks Cafe 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 list...

Keith M. Pfeifer
Superintendent of Schools, SAU #17
Successfully Balancing Nutrition, Health and Financial Requirements
"I have contracted with Fresh Picks Cafe 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 require...

Jim Vezina
NH Department of Education
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Fresh Picks Café – Fresh Food and Enticing Presentations that Engage Students

Photo of a plated school lunch from a NH school account.

Fresh Picks Café, a division of Café Services, enhances the school dining experience for K-12 students by providing fresh, locally sourced quality food prepared onsite by our local culinary professionals who create appealing and accessible school menus.

Making the School Lunch Program Interactive

We pique students’ interest and engage them in learning about nutrition through an easy-to-use app that lets them review school lunch menus whenever they want. We help schools start programs such as Breakfast after the Bell and Afterschool Meal Program (AMP) to enable more kids to get their nutritional daily needs met.

Fresh Picks Café helps communities, schools, and various summer operations (such as camps) meet their dining service program goals through our successful locally sourced quality food programs.

Let Fresh Picks Café Assist with Healthy School Menus

Contact us to start a conversation about how Fresh Picks Café can help turn your school’s food service vision into reality. As a regional company that offers quick access to top management, we’re ready to partner with you to help you meet your goals; whether that is assistance with grants, remaining compliant with government regulations, conducting audits, performing inspections, fundraising, reaching kids that need meals, or finding fun and new ways to engage students with food, we can help.