What's for Lunch?
That is a question school kids ask every day. In the Jerome School District, food service personnel, under the direction of supervisor Carolyn Sullivan answer that question.
Federally subsidized food service must follow government-prescribed guidelines in the preparation of these meals. All meals meet at least 1/3 of the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA's) for calories, protein, vitamins A & C, calcium and iron--for different age and grade groups. In addition, our meals have reduced sodium and cholesterol and increased dietary fiber. With meals that contain no more than 30% of the calories from fat, and no more than 10% of the calories coming from saturated fat, food is served that is not just "good for you", but food that kids like and will eat.
So, what's on the menu? Chicken nuggets, tacos, deli sandwiches, spaghetti, burritos, sloppy joes, or hamburgers, in combination with
salads, fruits, dessert, and a drink are just a sample of what is available to kids today. Food service even offers the most popular food with kids these days: Ham & Cheese and Pepperoni pizza pockets.
Breakfast at School
On any school day in the district, you will also find food service staff serving breakfast free of charge to all students. And ... it's not just cereal anymore. Breakfast might be pancakes or waffles with sausage, fruit, and milk. It might be a breakfast combo bar with potato wedges, fruit juice, and milk. You might get scrambled eggs and bacon, or quesadillas and potato rounds. Or you might have cereal with toast, cereal with cinnamon rolls, cereal with donuts, or cereal with bagels and cream cheese. But no matter what breakfast is served, it is always served with milk and fruit and it meets recommended dietary guidelines.
Free and Reduced Cost Meals
As you can see, both breakfast and lunch provide kids with healthy, tasty choices. This means that each of the students can eat a nutritious breakfast or lunch at school. It means that every day, in every kitchen, someone cooks, washes dishes, and cleans up the mess. It means that here, someone who might have gone hungry won't. And it means that if you can't be there to feed your kids, someone will. Isn't that nice?