Healthy Meals = Healthy Kids
We are not the same food service program you may have experienced as a child. The goal of any kitchen should be to please its customers. To that end, it is important for us to create and serve foods that students, our “customers”, get excited about! Our healthy “hits” are served by a caring and friendly staff who feel it is important that students fuel their bodies with nutritious food every day.
We believe good nutrition and learning go hand in hand – if students have positive eating experiences in the lunchroom, they will be more ready to learn in the classroom. As much as possible, students are given choices that allow them to have a nutritious meal that fits their tastes. We also recognize that sometimes children won’t like every meal that is served – when this is the case, students are encouraged to bring their own sack lunch.
To help families plan in advance to ensure their child eats a healthy meal each day, the district publishes a monthly breakfast and lunch menu. We strive to adhere to the menu as published, but ask parents to understand when last minute changes have to be made due to unexpected late starts for inclement weather or food items not arriving as scheduled.
- Student meals will contain appropriate calories and a variety of food to support growth, development, and healthy weight.
- Our nutrition standard will be based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- Student preferences and input will be considered in menu planning, since foods must be eaten to provide adequate nutrients
- Staff development opportunities will be provided for school food service staff
- Purchasing practices will ensure the use of high quality ingredients and prepared products to maximize customers’ health and acceptance
- We will support nutrition education through the food services department
Those families who feel they qualify for free or reduced meals are encouraged to apply according to the federal guidelines. Detailed information about the program is provided in the links below or by calling the MS/HS office.
Bob Rogers, Food Service Director
Stephanie Godwin, Food Service Admin. Assistant
701 W. Main Street
Panora, IA 50216
Letter to Parents
Instructions for Eligibility Application
In accordance with Federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC (505) 250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382(TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.