Welcome to La Conner Schools Food Service! We'd like to give you a few details about our program and how it serves our students, parents, and community. First, know that our school board and superintendent place a high priority on serving our students the most nutritious meals possible, with really adequate portions for growing brains and bodies. We follow Washington State and USDA regulations for our Child Nutrition Program and in many instances go beyond their minimum standards.
Over the last ten years, we have improved our meals by changing some of the ingredients we use and some of our practices. You might be interested to know that we make all of our salad dressings from scratch so we can control the amount of salt, amount and types of sugar, amount and type of oil. We do not use any processed cheese foods such as American cheese or Cheez Whiz. We use only naturally made real cheeses like cheddar, mozzarella, ricotta. We rarely serve what we affectionately call County Fair Foods, like corn dogs and chicken nuggets. We save these for play days. We use organic greens every day in the salad bar and use other organic produce when we can find it. Our weekly menu plan always includes a minimum of three fresh raw fruits and two fresh raw vegetables, not including what you might find on the salad bar. We keep canned fruits and vegetable servings to a minimum. We use only olive and canola oils, and unsalted butter in our recipes (no hydrogenated oils) and keep the percentages of fats in our recipes below the maximum allowed. We also make every attempt to serve the correct amount of calories to each student, considering their age and level of physical activity. These few changes reflect what we as a community currently understand about optimum good health.
During the fall and late spring months, we are fortunate to be able to purchase carrots, beans, beets, corn, potatoes, squash, apples and berries from local growers. You can't get any fresher than that.
Our Food Services works closely with our high school Culinary classes, giving students a real-life look at how a professional kitchen operates. If corn is on the menu it was shucked by Farm to Table.
We have created some lessons and activities for fourth-grade students that spark more critical thinking about their food choices. Occasionally they make up a meal plan for one of our school-wide lunches. Look for those famous banana splits!
From time to time the La Conner School District invites the community to lunch in the cafeteria along with high school students. Look for information regarding this in our local newspaper. We love mixing it up with our neighbors!
A vegetable, flower and herb garden was planted at the middle school in the spring of 2007 with the help of the La Conner Alliance for Youth and Families and a rural health community grant received from the Washington Health Foundation. This space is always a work in progress depending on staff/family support. Renewing this garden is now the focus of the La Conner PTSA, who is asking for support from parents, teachers, students and community members. This support can come in a variety of ways, including financial donation, volunteer of labor/services and goods/supply donations. For more information, contact Rachael Sobezak, Garden Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or Beverly Bowen, La Conner Elementary Principal. You may donate to the La Conner Elementary PTSA and specify the School Garden Project c/o: La Conner Elementary PTSA PO Box 2103 La Conner, WA 98257
La Conner School District has formed a Wellness Committee to continue to expand the role of healthy nutrition and physical fitness as it relates to student learning and growth. If you are interested in being a part of this ongoing effort, please contact Food Services Director, 360-466-3171. For more information about district policy in regards to nutrition and physical fitness and the Wellness Committee, see attached Policy 6700 Nutrition, Health and Physical Fitness. 6700 Nutrition, Health and Physical Fitness
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This is the ninth year (2019) we have purchased our own beef. These are Red Angus Beef that lives in the Skagit Valley most of their life, grazing pastures, enjoying their cowhood. We have the beef processed at a well respected, USDA inspected, packing company up in Lynden. The students are enjoying Lasagna, hamburgers, Spaghetti, stew, and stir-fry from the beef. Many students notice better flavor and reduced fat. We feel great about knowing where the beef comes from, how it is handled. We can put a face to the owner......and the cow.
Your Food Services Staff
The mission of La Conner School District Food Service is to serve a nutritious, delicious breakfast and lunch each day in a warm and friendly atmosphere for all students and staff, while at the same time providing nutritional education for lifelong healthful living. Part of this education involves the goal and process of 'zero kitchen/ cafeteria waste' through recycling and composting programs for staff and students K-12.
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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
Mail: US Department of Agriculture
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
You may request a copy of the entire USDA Nondiscrimination Statement by contacting the district office or the USDA at the above contact information.