Our district Food Services department works hard to provide healthy lunches to our students. They use local foods when possible and provide students the opportunity to try new, locally sourced, food items at our monthly tasting tables.
Information about the program including the nutrition guidelines, our pre-ordering system at the elementary schools, the online student accounts, menus, farm to school programs, and more can be found on the district website on the Food and Nutrition Services page.
Menus for all the schools can be found here.
April Tasting Tables Featuring Zucchini!
This month at Tasting Tables (on Wednesday, September 19th) Hoover students will have the chance to try locally grown zucchini Volunteers at Hoover will be handing out samples.
Information on how the Free/Reduced Lunch program works, including federal income guidelines, can be found on the district site. There are also links to the online application as well as printable applications in both English and Spanish. These can all be found here.
You can find your student’s meal account balance and make payments via credit card here. You can also make payments with a check or cash through the Hoover Office.
Summer Meals for Students
School is out, and many families are looking for fun, healthy things to do. Help spread the word that meals are served free of charge to kids and teens ages 1 – 18 at sites all across the state of Oregon. Community summer meal programs are open to all families and don’t ask for any paperwork – kids can just drop in. Programs with meals are offered at many different types of places, including schools, parks and community centers. Many offer fun activities that help kids stay active and keep learning during the summer when school is out.
Kids and families can find local summer meal programs by visiting https://www.csd509j.net/departments/food-nutrition-services/summer-free-meal-program/ or calling 541-757-5859.
To learn more about the Summer Food Service Program, visit Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=208. For summer meals and other nutrition resources, visit www.oregonhunger.org.
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Elementary School Lunch Menu Changes Coming in September 2018
Thank you to those who participated in the community-based menu planning process earlier this spring! One of our goals in developing new lunch menu items is to offer a culturally inclusive menu selection. We received many excellent suggestions from parents, guardians, community members and staff. Based on that input, we are excited to offer new meals for 2018-19 that have a greater variety of spices and flavors including curry, turmeric, cumin, tahini, hoisin sauce, and poke sauce. The new menus will provide more choices for all students, especially those that have food restrictions for health or religious reasons.
Because the CSD school meal program is self-supporting, we reviewed menus for compliance with USDA requirements for a reimbursable meal. The Food Service Menu Team reviewed all menu suggestions and evaluated the preparation time needed for the new recipes and the cost of ingredients. Additionally, our staff, along with community members and parents, have been testing the new recipes and offering students tasting samples with very positive results.
Our Farm to School Program continues to grow and we are committed to sourcing our food from local farms whenever possible. New recipes will incorporate more locally grown foods and we will continue to purchase local flour for our baked breads, muffins, and pizza crusts. We will also be working with school garden clubs to feature school-grown produce in some school-based menu offerings.
Here’s what you can expect next fall:
- 38 total menu items on the elementary lunch menu rotation
- 21 beef, pork, or chicken menu items (10 new recipes)
- 15 vegetarian menu items (7 new recipes)
- 2 fish menu items (2 new recipes)
- 8 gluten-free menu items (5 new recipes)
Our school lunch program will continue to feature three menu items each day. Most daily menus will include the choice of a current menu item, new menu item, or peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Some of the new menu items include Roasted Veggie Flatbread, Thai Chicken Flatbread, Lentil Soup, Pork Carnitas, Fish Taco with Poke Sauce, Tabbouleh (in the salad bar) and Hummus Platter with pita chips. We are excited about the new menu and hope you will join your child for lunch next fall!
Please contact the Food & Nutrition Services Department or your school office if your child has dietary restrictions. We are happy to work with parents on an individual basis to discuss meal options