Chardon Food Service Newsletter
August 10th, 2023
It's Time to Rethink School Meals!
As parents, you want the best for your children. Child Nutrition Programs at schools have strict guidelines they must meet in order to provide your child with the right nutrition from a certain level of calories per day to a wide array of vegetables every week. Learn more about Child Nutrition and why you might want to rethink school meals.
This yearly celebration reminds us of the benefits of the National School Lunch Program, the 30 million students it serves, and the valuable staff who put their hearts into nourishing the next generation.
So, have you tried school lunch lately? It’s more than the fish sticks and tater tots of yesteryear. Schools are hiring chefs and including more ethnic influenced dishes. They’re offering restaurant inspired menus to provide flavors students today are looking for, while still providing the essential vitamins and minerals kids need to grow healthy and strong. Many kid favorites have been given a makeover as well, bumping up the nutritional value like pizza made with lower sodium sauce or mac and cheese made with wheat pasta. Even chocolate milk is lower in sugar than before!
Experts agree that healthy students are better students. Learning begins with well-balanced meals including lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy.
School lunches benefit students by:
- Insuring the best nutrition – providing 1/3 of a child’s daily nutrition needs
- Modeling healthy food choices – encouraging good habits for a lifetime of wellness
- Reducing food insecurity – offering an affordable meal option for families
Cross Meal Applications off your Back-to-School to-do list!
Families may qualify for free or reduced-price school breakfast & lunch. A NEW application must be completed for the 2023-2024 school year. Qualifications are based on the gross income of all household members and the number of persons living in the house. Households are responsible for payment of meals until the Free and Reduced Meal Application is approved. Applications are available online see limk above . If able, families are encouraged to complete the online application to help expedite the application approval process.
if you are interested in helping fill a role in your child's school, please fill out an application.
paid positions and only during school hours.