Healthy Eating Helps You Make the Grade!
Did you know that students who are well-nourished are shown to have increased problem-solving abilities, memory, verbal fluency and creativity? Still, the challenge is to make nutritious foods that kids will actually eat! Variety and choices are key these days, and at just $1.80 for elementary and $2.10 for secondary students, HSD2 school lunches are clearly one of the best deals around! We serve more than 7,000 lunches and 2,600 breakfasts each day.
Just how healthy are school meals?
School lunches provide one-third of the recommended dietary intake for calories, protein and vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. On average a meal contains less than 30 percent of calories from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. In recent years HSD2 has increased the use of whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables. In the elementary schools, all cooked products are either baked or steamed; nothing is fried.
How can I find out what's for lunch each day?
Lunch menus are available at each school for the student to take home and the menu is posted online at each school and the district website.
Why does the adult get charged $3.75 for lunch?
Our district participates in the USDA's Child Nutrition Programs. Through these programs, we receive state and federal funding. The subsidies that we receive may only be used toward the cost of meals provided to the students. Based on this, the cost of an adult meal must include all expenses incurred, including food, supplies, equipment, staff, etc. The Food Service Department is financially independent of the district's budget.
Is eating a good breakfast really important?
A hungry child cannot learn. Our breakfast program offers all children a critical jump start at the beginning of their school day. Children who aren't hungry feel better, learn better and behave better. A 1997 study found that students who ate breakfast had a general increase in math grades and reading scores, increased attention, reduced nurse visits, and improved behaviors.
Why should I be concerned with my child's eating habits?
Child nutrition is no small issue; childhood obesity is on the rise. There is no better time than the early years to make an impact on lifelong eating and exercise habits that can contribute to health maintenance and disease prevention.
How much does this program add to my school tax bill?
Nothing! The HSD2 Food Service Program is entirely self-supporting and we receive no support from District's general fund.
Who can I contact for more information?
You can contact the Nutrition Services Department at 719-579-2044.