Links and information:
Contact Info: Debby Webster, Nutrition Services Director
503-556-4215 ext. 211
Rainier Lunch Program Information
Free and Reduced Lunch Meals
- The Whole Story: How to Make Half Your Grains Whole
- Family Meals Provide More Than Good Nutrtition
- Healthy Snacks
- Why School Lunch?
- Every School Lunch Includes Five Great Choices
- Save Money: Eat School Lunch
- There is a Such a Thing as a Free Lunch
- Healthy Meals Feed Eager Minds
As the cost of everything increases, there is one meal that is still a great value: both nutritionally and economically! School lunch is still an incredible bargain at $2.15 for Hudson Park Elementary School and $2.70 for Rainier JR/SR High School.
- Milk – Fat free or 1% - flavored or regular
- Vegetables – From salad to fresh carrot sticks
- Fruit – Everything from kiwi to locally grown apples; often fresh
- Grains – More whole grain items like rolls or sandwich bread
- Meat or meat alternate –White meat chicken, bean chili, lean beef
On average it costs less to buy a school lunch than to bring a lunch from home. The estimated national average of a school lunch from home was $3.43 last school year.
School Lunch - $2.08 vs. Bagged Lunch - $3.43
All children at participating schools may purchase meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals.
Families with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals; these students can be charged no more than 40 cents.
Contact your school nutrition department to fill out a school meal application
Meals served under the NSLP must meet nutrition guidelines based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
No more than 30% of calories can come from fat and less than 10% from saturated fat.
School lunches provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories over the course of one week of menus.
Students who eat school lunches consume less calories from fat than students who bring lunch from home.
Compared to lunches from home, school lunches contain:
- Three times as many dairy products
- Twice as much fruit
- Seven times the vegetable amounts
NSLP participants have substantially lower intakes of added sugars than do non-participants.
If you have any questions, please contact me:
503-556-4215, ext. 211
Nutrition Services Director
 According to a meal cost analysis by Alice Jo Rainville, PhD, RD, CHE, SNS of Eatern Michigan University,Ypsilanti, MI