CHICAGO – Turkey products for both breakfast and lunch designed for the kindergarten-12th grade education sector have been launched by Sara Lee Foodservice, a division of The Hillshire Brands Company. The company will also now participate in the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Food Distribution Program that enables schools to purchase items at reduced prices.

“Sara Lee Foodservice is committed to supporting school meals and our wide variety of products provide nourishing, kid-friendly protein options to help develop healthy minds and bodies,” said Kathleen Novak, registered dietitian, The Hillshire Brands Company. “This is a significant step forward as we work to build a comprehensive offering to meet the unique needs of school foodservice.”

The new product line-up includes Briar Street Market Turkey Chili, Briar Street Market Turkey with Gravy, Briar Street Market Turkey Sloppy Joe Meat, Briar Street Market Turkey Spaghetti Sauce, Briar Street Market Turkey Taco Filling and Briar Street Market Diced Turkey Breast Meat.The products are available through the Sara Lee Foodservice broker network and partnership with the USDA Commodity Food Distribution Program in select states.

Sara Lee Foodservice plans to continue its work on innovations for the K-12 product portfolio by creating and implementing new concepts for school meals in the coming years. A new website designed for school cafeteria professionals is scheduled to launch this summer featuring recipes, product details on meal pattern equivalent information, nutrition specifications, and child nutrition and whole grain indicators, plus additional information on Sara Lee’s participation in the USDA Commodity Food Distribution Program.