WL-S Food & Nutrition Mission Statement
It is the mission of West Liberty-Salem Food & Nutrition Services to make a significant contribution to the overall physical and mental well-being of each student to enable them to participate fully in the education process. This will be achieved by providing wholesome, high quality, nutrition and appetizing school lunches served in a courteous manner, in a sanitary and pleasant cafeteria environment.
This mission will be pursued in the most efficient and cost effective means possible, in compliance with the guidelines of the Ohio Department of Education National School Lunch Program.
National School Lunch Program
The West Liberty Salem district participates in the National School Lunch Program. Under this program all schools who participate must make free and reduced-price meals available to eligible students. The menus are designed so that over a period of one week, school lunches will provide children with approximately one-third of the nutrients they need according to the Recommended Dietary Allowances and one-fourth for breakfast. The menus are planned to use available government commodity food products from the United State Department of Agriculture as well as purchased food products.
The Food & Nutrition Department strives to promote the participation in the consumption of healthy school meals offered every school day. We strive to offer breakfast and lunches that are appealing, acceptable, appetizing and healthy for young children.
To increase the acceptance and consumption of nutritious foods, we have the opportunity to use the government program “Offer versus Serve” option for grades K thru 12 at all lunch lines. This provision is intended to reduce food waste by allowing children to choose three of the five meal components offered each day. Several different choices of entrée items are offered each day, including the menu item, a variety of hot or cold sandwiches, chef salads, yogurt with fruit and cheese stick and a variety of pre-packed, grab and go “lunch able” meals. To promote milk consumption, we offer 1% white and chocolate milk, fat free strawberry. A variety of healthy snacks, bottled water and juices, approved by the Director of Food & Nutrition, are available for sale ala Carte.