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Nutrition Services

 


Free Summer Meals & Snacks


The Summer Meals Program feeds kids and teens 18 years and under.  Sites are located at places such as schools, parks and community centers.  The location, serving days and times of a site nearest you can be found by accessing theses resources:

Users will receive a return text with information on summer food sites.

Fueling for the Future - Changes to the Meal Program

When students return to school in the fall, their lunch trays will look a little different. That’s because new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines will be in place to help students make even healthier food choices in the school cafeteria.

Please review the video for more information on the changes.  Additionally, here is a handout for your reference. 

School food has changed over the years. We serve locally sourced, rBST hormone free low fat and fat-free milk, a variety of fruits and vegetables, many locally sourced, and whole grain rich foods, including breads, pasta, rice and tortillas.

We have partnered with the Tom Douglas Restaurant Group to develop new recipes for the breakfast and lunch program. This relationship is on-going and has been a wonderful experience for both groups. Last year, we launched a month long breakfast campaign to promote the connection between a quality breakfast and academic success. We also kicked off the first annual “School the Chefs” competition where 4th and 5th graders from different elementary schools partnered with local chefs to compete in a Top Chef-like cooking competition.

2011-2012 Highlights


  • Opened 3 schools: Rainier View, Viewlands & Queen Anne
  • Denny Middle School moved into joint campus w/ Sealth High School
  • Saw yearly highs (April 7595 & May 7787 per day) for breakfast participation following Go for Gold promotion (March 7469)
  • Marketing & Promotion Activities
    • Harvest of Month
    • Taste of Washington Day (September)
    • National School Lunch Week (October)
    • Hosted 6 Family Nights to introduce new “Chef inspired” recipes (Oct/Nov)
    • Go for Gold Breakfast Campaign (March)
    • School the Chef’s cooking event at Seattle Center (May)
  • Served 3,346,007 reimbursable lunches 

2012-2013 Initiatives


  • Opening 3 school sites: Mc Donald, K-5 Stem @ Boren & APP @ Lincoln
  • Transitioning 3 Elementary Prepacks to Bulk: Rainier View, Sand Point & Viewlands
  • Preparing for implementation of HHFKA
  • “Salad Bars move to School” pilot
  • Grant to equip most prepacks with a counter top style salad bar
  • Late September/October transition
  • Marketing & Promotion Activities
  • Harvest of Month – new materials for 2012-13
  • Taste of Washington Day (September)
  • National School Lunch Week (October)
  • National Food Day (Late October)
  • National School Breakfast Week (March)

2012-2013 Department Focus

  • Promoting School Breakfast
  • Promoting School Lunch
  • Customer Service & Department Image
  • Employing Well Trained Staff

Resources


We work directly with schools, district staff and the media to encourage engagement, share information, and solicit input. Some of the resources we provide include:

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