Welcome to the Food Services Department. On these pages you will find lunch menus and other information about our school lunch program.
We are proud of the fact that we are an independently run food services operation. Our outstanding lunch program is run by employees of the district, not a contracted catering company. Most of the food service staff have been with the district for years and are community members. All of the staff members are dedicated to making sure your child has a nutritious and pleasant lunch experience. Most of the “lunch ladies” know each child by name and they all genuinely care about the children of this district.
The District 71 Food Service Program is part of the federal government’s National School Lunch Program. By following the guidelines of this program, we are able to provide meals to all children, including providing assistance to low-income families through the free/reduced breakfast/lunch program. This further promotes the philosophy of "no child left behind." We strive to treat all children equally by providing nutritious meals to all students. The NSLP has regulations we must follow in all aspects of our operation, including following the USDA dietary guidelines for Americans. The guidelines our program must follow for lunch are as follows:
- Milk: 8 fl. oz. (1 cup)
- Lean meat or meat alternative (quantity of edible portion served): 2 oz.
- Vegetable or fruit: 3/4 cup daily plus ½ extra cup per week
- Grains/breads (enriched or whole-grain): 12 per week – minimum 1 per day
Our menus start out based on these guidelines. We strive to make the meals nutritious and tasty for our students. All menu items must fit into these guidelines, be acceptable to the majority of students, and fit into the current budget.
Our main entrée items are very low in fat or are reduced-fat products. All of our beef-based products are reduced-fat products ranging from 2.5–1.5 grams of saturated fat per serving.
In addition to the main entrée choice, at least three other meal options are available. A fruit and vegetable bar is offered daily to all students who purchase one of these choices. This provides students with a variety of healthy choices to add to the main menu choice.
To round out the meal we provide 2% white milk or 1% chocolate milk.
Starting with the 2016-2017 school year, we now serve whole-grain bread products and we only offer baked or reduced-fat chips.