Nutrition Services Department
Nutrition Services Director: Heidi Benson, RDN, LD
Our Nutrition Services Department serves an average of 800 school breakfasts, 2,000 school lunches, and 300 suppers to our students daily. This is done by 23 hardworking and caring staff in the eight schools in our District.
National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program: We serve breakfast and lunch daily through these two federal programs.
Child and Adult Care Food Program - After School At Risk Program: We are able to serve dinner to students at certain schools as long as the students are in the afterschool program or participating in an activity. We serve dinner at Cascade Locks Elementary, Parkdale Elementary, Mid Valley Elementary, and Wyeast Middle School. We are able to serve dinner at these schools because their free and reduced meal percentage is over 50%.
Summer Food Service Program: Meals offered during the summer are free for any child ages 1-18. We use this program to feed children attending our summer schools.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: Students at Mid Valley Elementary and Parkdale Elementary receive a fresh fruit and vegetable snack daily as part of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Many fruits and vegetables we serve in this program are bought locally in town.
Farm to School Grant: We also have a Farm to School Grant that allows us to buy local foods that are grown or processed in the State of Oregon. Items that we serve that are farm to school are: Painted Hills ground beef, Bob Red Mill granola, winter squash, frozen berries, apples, pears, nectarines, peaches, cherries, dried apples/pears, carrots, and snap beans.