Nutrition Services Department
Why School Lunch?
Balanced nutrition throughout the day contributes to student success in and out of the classroom. Research demonstrates that school meal programs play an important role in supporting obesity prevention, overall student health and academic achievement by improving children’s diets and combating hunger. Nearly 30 million students each school lunch everyday across America.
Every School Lunch Includes Five Great Choices:
Milk – Fat free or 1% - flavored or regular
Vegetables – From salad to fresh carrot sticks - lots of choices daily
Fruit – Everything from frozen berries to locally grown apples; often fresh
Grains – All grains served are at least 51% whole grain
Meat or meat alternate –White meat chicken, bean chili, lean beef
More than Just Lunch
One in six, children in America live in households without consistent access to adequate food. Every Monday morning, school nutrition professionals witness this hunger on the faces of students eagerly waiting in line for a school breakfast after a long weekend without enough to eat.
Armed with scientific research linking school meals and healthy diets to academic success, school nutrition professionals have worked to expand breakfast programs, launch summer and after school meal programs to meet students’ nutritional needs.
School Nutrition Standards
School meals are healthy meals that are required to meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. To receive federal reimbursements, school meal programs must offer “reimbursable” meals that meet strict federal nutrition standards. These standards, also referred to as “the meal pattern,” require schools to offer students the right balance of fruits, vegetables, low-fat or fat-free milk, whole grains and lean protein with every meal.
USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The institute is an equal opportunity provider.
Health-e Pro Menus with Nutritional Information
- Add money to your student's lunch account (small fee)
- Sign up for e-mail notification for low balance on account (free)
- Look up what your child has been purchasing (free)
Apply free/reduced price lunch applications at this site. When you are done, please call or e-mail Debby Webster at 503-556-4215 ext. 211; email@example.comSmart Snack Calculator
Are the foods you are selling for a fundraiser Smart Snack compliant? Click on the Calculator to see. For a list of the new Oregan and Federal Smart Snack requirement click here.
OSU Extension has put together this great website with healthy recipes for your family to try.