Welcome to Lakeport Unified Food Services!
We are excited about our role in contributing to a learning environment that includes teaching children how they can eat healthily! Our goal for this school year is to successfully incorporate the new nutrition standards into our meals, model healthful foods that students enjoy, and encourage families to embrace the changes in meals and snacks served at school.
The Lakeport Unified School District (LUSD) offers well-balanced, nutritious, and attractive meals to our students each day. It is well known that students perform better and feel better if consistent eating patterns are a routine part of their day. Our Food Services Department plays an important role in the educational curriculum as it establishes a good example of healthy eating habits and introduces new foods.
Under new National School Lunch Program nutrition standards, school lunches must now include a choice of milk, fruits, and vegetables, grains, and proteins. Our breakfasts and lunches also meet federal nutrition standards by limiting fat and portion sizes. In the LUSD cafeterias, we meet these requirements and going above and beyond to make school meals healthy and enticing for students through ethnic menu choices, school gardens, farm-to-school programs, vegetarian options, gluten-free options, and many more.
To assist in meeting new regulations, the Food Services Department is excited to announce that we are now using the NUTRIKIDS software program, the leading provider of foodservice management products and support for school districts serving grades K-12. This computer software program offers resources to support staff in being more effective with menu planning, identifying recipes, ordering food, maintaining records, and monitoring nutrition requirements so they have time for more important things, like serving children.
A Change in the Menu
Here are some examples of the positive changes we are making:
- More foods are being prepared from scratch.
- Foods are served that are low fat and low sugar; no items are deep-fried.
- The bread served is whole wheat and high fiber. Even our pizza crusts have whole grain and are topped with low-fat meat and cheese.
- Two servings of fresh fruits and garden vegetables are offered daily.
- All students are enjoying a salad bar with a wide variety of vegetables daily.
- The District Wellness Committee championed the development of a new policy for foods that are allowed on campus for school activities, emphasizing healthy snacks.
We Want to Hear From You
The Food Services team wants to hear ideas from students, parents, and school staff about how we can enhance our department. What are your kid’s favorite meals? How do you successfully entice your children to eat healthy foods?
Please email your comments and suggestions to Director Mechelle Finney at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262-3028.