After students have returned to their classrooms, met their teachers and seen old friends, the next thing that’s probably on the mind of many children as they report for the new school year is “What’s for lunch?”
Here is a look at what will be on students’ plates for the 2017-2018 school year.
What’s new on the menu?
School Food Services has added new items to the menu this year including:
- Arroz Con Pollo
- Asian Glazed Chicken Bites
- Used in Asian Rice Dishes & a new Salad
- Italian Chicken Penne
- Supreme (16 inch) Pizza Pie
- Go Big Yogurt
The menus are continually updated to meet the diversity of the student population and the types of foods that they will enjoy while still providing healthy options.
Do you offer breakfast?
Free breakfast is available to all students in Palm Beach County Schools regardless of need. Each breakfast contains a grain, dairy, fruit and protein. https://www.palmbeachschools.org/sfs/power-up-with-breakfast/
How much does lunch cost?
Lunch (Elementary): Full price = $2.05, Reduced price = $.40
Lunch (Secondary): Full price = $2.30, Reduced price = $.40
Adult Lunch: $3.00 A la carte options are also available.
Can I pay for meals online?
Parents may add money to their child’s meal accounts and view purchase history at: https://palmbeach.schoolcashonline.com/
Is there assistance if we are unable to pay for meals?
Applications for free and reduced meals are available at school or online at https://mealapps.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/ Parents can call 888-383-2025 for more information. Applications for Free and Reduced meals are accepted all year.
How do I know what’s on the menu?
School Food Service has been utilizing the Nutrislice web site for a number of years to communicate the menu (including nutritional, pictures and special diet information) to parents and students. Visit the Nutrislice website or download the free Nutrislice app where parents and students can access school menus and dietary information from their phone. Parents can create their meals for their students after reviewing the menus.
My child is in an afterschool program. Is there food available?
School Food Service offers afterschool meal programs in the form of Supper and Snacks. The Afterschool Snack program served more than 2,300,000 nutritious snacks throughout the year.
Both programs are offered free to students in eligible aftercare programs. The Supper Program started in four schools during the 2014-2015 school year, serving 50,000 meals. Last year there were more than 40 schools offering supper, serving more than 769,000 meals. School Food Service will continue expanding the supper program beginning in October with the potential addition of 12 new sites.
My child is a food allergy or dietary restriction. Can School Food Service help?
Parents with children who have food allergies or dietary restrictions are welcome to meet with their school’s dietician to discuss menu options that are available to meet their needs. The Nutrislice website that lists the menus for each school also includes nutritional information and special dietary information. Vegetarian options are available daily. Visit https://www.palmbeachschools.org/sfs/specialdiet/ to learn more.
How can I get my child interested school lunch?
School Food Service is opening the doors to the newly renovated cafeteria in Palm Beach Central High School, the fifth high school in the District to benefit from the High School Reengineering Program (HSRP).
Students are offered 15-20 meals per day in a food court-style serving area that provides adequate time for students to eat, improves customer service, increases the number of nutritious food offerings, and enhances the overall dining experience.
Schools with ReEngineered cafeterias are Royal Palm Beach High School, Santaluces High School, Forest Hill High School, JFK Middle School and Atlantic High School.
Do schools offer fresh, local produce?
Since 2009, School Food Service has partnered with community farms to provide fresh fruits and vegetables such as green beans, corn, strawberries and sweet peppers to school cafeterias. Learn more at: https://www.palmbeachschools.org/sfs/farm/
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides an extra fresh fruit or vegetable snack to children during the school day. The goal of the FFVP is to improve children’s overall diet and create healthier eating habits to impact their present and future health. The FFVP helps schools create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices; expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience; and increasing children’s fruit and vegetable consumption.
FFVP can be an important tool in our efforts to combat childhood obesity. The Program has been successful in introducing school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample.
School Food Service began this program in FY10 and has been expanding the program over the last seven years. Nineteen schools will begin the school year offering the FFVP to their students with an opportunity to add an additional five schools in October.
The following are the schools participating in the FFVP in FY18:
How many students does School Food Service serve each year?
Number of lunches served: Annually – 19,729,000
Number of free breakfasts provided: Annually – 8,403,000
Number of free meals provided over the summer: 793,000
For more information on School Food Service, visit their website at: https://www.palmbeachschools.org/sfs/