School Meals & Nutrition
On April 20, 2021, the USDA approved the extension of the waiver allowing all students to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost, regardless of eligibility status, through June 30, 2022. The district has been working closely with Aramark, our food service provider, to offer meals to all students attending MTSD, whether a student is learning on campus, or via distance learning. As we work toward bringing students back on campus, here are a few reminders for students and families:
Distance Learners: If you are choosing distance learning, or if the district has to transition to Instructional Scenario D: Distance Learning for All Students at any point, families may pick up meals daily at Homestead High School from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Families can pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time. Parents or guardians may pick up meals on their child's behalf and should be prepared to give the student's name. If your family has an extenuating circumstance that prevents you from picking up your meal(s), please contact Molly Bortin via email at email@example.com.
On Campus Learners: The district and Aramark have been working diligently to ensure safe environments for students to eat on campus, while still recognizing the importance of social interaction with their peers. Depending on your student’s grade level, meal service will look a little different at each school under Instructional Scenario C (on campus learning with minimum physical contacts). For those students who choose to bring lunch from home, it must be in a disposable bag. Please note, students bringing lunch from home will not have access to utensils or condiments. Additionally, no cash will be accepted for ala carte items on any of the food service lines for the 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 school year.
If you qualify for free or reduced cost lunch, you may complete and submit the form online by clicking the link below. Paper copies of the application are also available in each school office and the district office. If you plan to submit a printed copy, please do so at the Mequon-Thiensville School District office, located at 5000 W. Mequon Road. The free and reduced meal application can be submitted anytime during the school year. If you have questions about applying for free or reduced meals, please contact Cindy Leinfelder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-238-8506.
Online Free and Reduced Meal Application (Opens 8/1/2021)
The Mequon-Thiensville School District provides a variety of healthy and tasty meal options daily in partnership with its food service provider, Aramark. Our shared goal is to provide students with a well-balanced meal that also appeals to their tastes, while meeting the guidelines of the USDA's National School Lunch Program.
What’s on the Plate? For more detail, click here.
Designed to ensure students receive an appealing, balanced meal consisting of foods from all major food groups, the USDA’s standards focus on obtaining calories and other key nutrients from fruits, vegetables, lean protein foods, grains, and milk with proper serving sizes for a student’s age and activity level.
Some of the highlights of our food service program include:
- No more than 30 percent of calories can come from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat.
- Meals must provide one-third of Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium. School meals are served in age-appropriate portion sizes.
- Foods are baked, never fried.
- Items like rolls or sandwich bread are made with whole-grains.
- Is my child required to participate in the school lunch program?
- My child has a food allergy. Can they still participate in the school lunch program?
- The menu choices didn't sound healthy to me. Are they?
- What are meal prices?
- How can I add funds to my child's account?
- How can I apply for free or reduced lunch?
- Are there expenses or revenues from the food service program?
- Can I transfer my recent graduate's funds to a sibling or be reimbursed?
- What is Nutrislice?
WE DRAW FROM A DATABASE OF AGE-APPROPRIATE RECIPES DEVELOPED BY DIETITIANS AND CHEFS AND TESTED WITH OUR STUDENTS.
Aramark is committed to improving the health and academic potential of students.
Translating National School Lunch and Breakfast Program standards into meals that students (and parents) will love.
Nutrition education programs designed to encourage development of healthy lifestyle habits and communicate the basics of good nutrition.
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