The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) promotes the health and well-being of children by providing nutritious meals to children. Public school districts, private schools, residential child care institutions (RCCIs) and Charter Schools may participate in school meal programs.
The School Breakfast Program (SBP) operates in the same manner as the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Public or nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions may participate in the SBP.
We are excited to announce that ALL of our district's schools have been qualified to participate in the federal Community Eligibility Provision program which allows us to offer all students, enrolled in our District, breakfast and lunch at no cost.
Participating schools are: Brookdale Elementary, Central Avenue Elementary, Christensen Elementary, Collins Elementary, Elmhurst Elementary, Harvard Elementary, James Sales Elementary, Midland Elementary, Ford Middle, Keithley Middle, Franklin Pierce High School, GATES High School, Washington High School, and the Early Learning Center.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) became a permanent program as a result of The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill). The FFVP provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables served during the school day. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables. All students are encouraged to take an “adventure bite” if something is new and different. The FFVP also encourages schools to develop partnerships at the state and local level for support in implementing and operating the program.
The goal of the FFVP is to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience, increase children's fruit and vegetable consumption, and make a difference in children's diets to impact their present and future health.
Participating schools are: Brookdale Elementary, Elmhurst Elementary, Central Avenue, Christensen Elementary, Collins Elementary, Harvard Elementary, James Sales Elementary and Midland Elementary.
The At-Risk Afterschool Meals component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) offers federal funding to afterschool programs that serve a meal or snack and provide educational or enrichment activities to children in low-income areas.
We are excited to offer food grown at our district farm to our students. The Farm grows a wide variety of produce that works beautifully in our school meals.
The Farm is an 8-acre educational site, including wetland and native restoration planting areas, an orchard, and 2 acres of vegetables. We host daily high schools classes from each high school in the district, weekly Community Farm Days, weekly adult farming classes taught by Harvest Pierce County, field trips and farm visits throughout the season, and a community garden managed by Harvest Pierce County that is open to anyone.
Each year, students and volunteers grow over 50,000 pounds of produce for our school cafeterias, students and their families, volunteers, and our community!