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Our School Nutrition Department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.
OUR BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAM
At UCPS, we offer breakfast daily at all elementary, middle and high schools. The breakfast menu offers a variety of fresh fruits and whole grain selections to help start the day right for our students. At some schools, we provide “grab & go” breakfast in the classrooms and a few of our schools participate in universal–free breakfast. Our lunch program offers a wide variety of healthy menu options that meet all 5 meal component guidelines for both kids and teens. The 5 components that make up a meal includes: meat/meat alternative, whole grain, vegetable, fruit, and milk. Both the breakfast and lunch menus are planned by our Nutrition Team which includes: cafeteria managers, area supervisors, a Registered Dietitian, a Chef who graduated from Johnson & Wales, and the School Nutrition Director. We are still one of the few school systems in the state that actually prepares food in house verses pulling all the items from the freezer. We are required to follow the Federal and State guidelines from The Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010. These guidelines were created to increase student access to healthy foods while promoting overall student wellness. UCPS uses the nutrient analysis software program, NutriKids, to ensure our menus meet these federal and state guidelines. Our K-12 menus can be viewed/printed monthly on our website and they are available in both English and Spanish.
OUR SUMMER PROGRAM
We feed and support students from June 15 — August 10th, at our open site, Monroe Middle. We offer support and serve food at Reading, Enrichment, and Sport camps as well as AfterSchool summer camps throughout the county.
Written by: Susan Argenti - Clinical Dietitian/Marketing Specialist
Posted: May 06, 2015 by Susan Argenti