Free & Reduced Information
A goal of USDA Child Nutrition Programs is to ensure all students have access to healthy and nutritious meals year round. Even though a summer feeding program is not operated at Greendale Schools, the USDA would like us to inform families of where their students can receive a free meal in the summer months. There are many organizations throughout Wisconsin that provide free healthy meals to children throughout the summer. Click here for information on the program in Greenfield. You may also use one of the following resources to find the nearest location:
The School Breakfast Program is available to all students at every school every day. No advanced registration is necessary. These supervised meals are nutritionally balanced, and vary daily. The best part is they are affordable at $1.50 per day unless you receive free lunches. Free lunch means free breakfast. Reduced lunch means $0.30 breakfast.
Read more about School Breakfast here.
Lunch Prices and Payment System
2016-17 Cost for lunch per day:
Each meal purchased is then deducted from your account. Reminders are sent by phone from the District's School Messenger program each Monday to alert you when the account has a negative balance. Please respond to this message and bring your child's account up-to-date as soon as possible. If you have any questions or need assistance Renee Shaw, Food Service Secretary, at (414) 423-0110 x 4313 or Cindy Kacmarcik, Food Service Director, at (414) 423-0110 x 4314.
The Food Services Department is committed to providing healthy school meals and snacks to the students of the Greendale School District. The team of dedicated food and nutrition professionals supports student academic success and promotes healthful eating habits that lead to lifelong positive nutrition practices.
School meals are served to students under the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. They follow the nutrition guidelines prescribed by The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The law was designed to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity by providing healthier choices to students. Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, Greendale School District was certified by the USDA as compliant with The Health, Hunger-Free Kids Act regulations. These guidelines ensure that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school.
Greendale serve style is called Offer versus Serve or OVS. Offer versus Serve is a concept that applies to menu planning and the meal service. OVS allows students to decline some of the food offered in a reimbursable lunch or breakfast. The goal of OVS are to reduce food waste and to permit students to choose the food they want to eat. Due to the fact that students may choose fewer selections under OVS, guidance is provided on what constitutes a reimbursable lunch and breakfast. A food item is a specific food offered within the three food components. The Five components of a healthy lunch are offered: milk, fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains with strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. Under OVS, the student must select three food items, including at least 1/2 cup of fruits or vegetables or a combination of fruits and vegetables, to have a reimbursable meal. Under OVS, all students must be allowed to decline up to 2 components.
School lunches meet additional standards requiring:
Benefits of School Lunch
In 2011 a study, conducted by the National Centers for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and published in the Journal of Economics, showed that participation in the National School Lunch Program reduces poor general health by 29%, obesity by at least 17% and not getting enough food to sustain an active, healthy life by 3.8%.
According to research published in 2010 by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, just 1.1% of children's packed lunches meet nutritional standards for school meals. USDA research indicates that children who participate in the National School Lunch Program get better nutrition compared to those who do not participate.
For children, the National School Lunch Program provides a nutritious meal containing one-third of the recommended dietary allowance of necessary nutrients. For parents, the program offers a convenient method of providing a nutritionally balanced lunch at the lowest possible price. For schools, the program enhances children's learning abilities by contributing to their physical and mental well-being. Studies have shown that children whose nutritional needs are met have fewer attendance and discipline problems and are more attentive in class.
To better serve our students with special diet needs, all current dietary orders will need to be renewed each school year and each school year thereafter. Dietary requests will be valid only for the school year in which they are written and will expire at the end of each school year. Please submit new and renewals for a special diet to your school nurse on attached form. Signature from a physician or other recognized medical authority is required.
Please contact Cindy Kacmarcik, Food Service Director at 414-423-0110 x 4314, or Renee Shaw, Food Service Secretary at 414-423-0110 x 4313 with any questions.
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