Food & Nutrition Goals
The Food Service Department welcomes input from the school community including parents, teachers, food service staff and school personnel through annual meetings with student council groups, focal groups and parent/staff advisory committees. Members of the District and the Director of Food Services are working together to improve the nutritional integrity of the WL-S Schools’ student meal programs. Together we will make changes in the lunch program that will set nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold as meals and for food sold as ala carte items.
- Improve the nutritional quality and selection of “kid appeal” school meals, offering a selection of two or more other entrees besides the menu entrée and multiple offerings of vegetables and fruits along with salad daily.
- Promote and serve whole grain products whenever possible.
- Reduce children’s intake of saturated fat by making 1% or fat-free milk the standard milk available in school cafeterias.
- Oppose soft drinks, sports drinks, punches and caffeine drinks being available to elementary school age children.
- Encourage parents and kids to pack healthy lunches.
- Ensure that all snacks or side dishes sold or served in the elementary school cafeterias meet the following standards: Have 30% or less of its total calories from fat, have 10% or less of its total calories from saturated plus Trans fats.
- Review and/or revise all recipes to reduce fat, sodium and calories.
Suggestions for Packing Healthy Lunches
Parents are encouraged to pack healthy lunches from home or encourage their children to purchase healthy school meals. The Food & Nutrition Services Dept. is promoting the sale of school meals rather than ala carte sale of food to promote a balanced diet.
Home Pack Lunch Suggestions: (Cold, refreshing, nutritious low fat 1% milk and fat free milk can be purchased at school, along with a selection of bottled waters and 100% juice products.)
- Low fat meat or cheese sandwiches served on whole grain bread, buns or wrap sandwiches.
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
- Low-fat yogurt
- Low-fat cheese cubes or sticks
- 100% juice products or bottled water
- Granola Bars
Suggestions for Healthy Snacks
Healthy snacks are important because they supply nutrients for growth, provide energy and enable children to think clearer, help develop good eating habits early in life, and help to include all food groups in the daily diet.
Snacks also offer an opportunity to incorporate a variety of foods and a way to introduce new foods.
Plan snacks that include foods from more than one food group and keep portions small, they are not meant to take the place of a meal. Suggested serving size is the amount of food that fits in one cupped hand.
Involve your child in the planning and preparation of snacks and use this as an opportunity to talk about proper nutrition, portion sizes and your recommendations for your child.
Healthy snack suggestions: (most of these snack items are less than 100 calories per serving).
* Mini bagel * Nutria-grain bars * Cantaloupe cubes
* Crackers * Low fat cheeses * Grapes
* Microwave lite * Banana * Orange
Popcorn * Medium apple * Kiwi fruit
* Dry cereal * Pear * Vegetable sticks
* Cereal bars * Fresh Peach * Zucchini strips
* Fresh broccoli & * Berries * Green, red and yellow peppers
* Cauliflower * Tomato wedges
* Low-fat yogurt * Tangerines * Fig Newton cookies
* Pudding cup * Small Muffins * Animal crackers
* Cottage cheese * Tortillas & salsa * Baked Doritos
* Peanut butter & * Rice cakes * Graham crackers
* Celery sticks * Pumpkin or * English muffin
* Almonds banana bread * 100% fruit snacks
* Peanuts * Cereal mix or * Beef jerky-95% fat free
* Fruit kabobs trail mix * Protein drinks
* 100% fruit juice * Whole grain breads * Sunflower seeds
* Small sandwiches or crackers