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.
The Food Service Department is able to accommodate children with special dietary needs due to food intolerance or allergies. To receive accommodation, the Diet Prescription Form must be completed and signed by a licensed medical authority and returned to the school nurse. The nurse will communicate information about the dietary modification to the Food Service Department. Forms and more information are available here using this link Special Dietary Request Form.
Examples of common accommodations include lactose-free milk for students with lactose intolerance or gluten-free options for students with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Please ensure the Diet Prescription Form includes "Foods to Substitute" as these specifications are required.
Issues Challenge School Meal Programs - With more students returning to in-person classes and accepting school meals, a recent survey by the School Nutrition Association found a significant number of districts were concerned about supply chain issues, staffing shortages, and struggling to adhere to government nutrient guidelines. Beginning in the spring of 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture allowed public schools to serve all of their students free meals to ensure access to nutritious food during the pandemic. In May, a bill was proposed in Congress to permanently provide free meals for all students across the country, regardless of income.
Proponents of the bill say that not only do the free meals ease financial and time burdens on parents, but these meals have been increasingly benefiting student health and learning since the pandemic began. With more students accepting school meals, a recent survey by the School Nutrition Association found a significant number of districts were concerned about supply chain issues, staffing shortages, and struggles to adhere to government nutrient guidelines.
While La Conner school district has been able to meet nutrition guidelines, supply chain issues loom. Due to the pandemic, some of the challenges we are facing may be some product shortages, just like families at home could see these at grocery stores. The same thing happens to us. So, if there's a shortage of a product or something that hasn't gotten delivered, we have to be creative, be flexible, and serve something else.
Our food services director, Kelly Kjarstad, and her team are working to try new recipes and bring locally sourced and grown ingredients to our tables as frequently as possible.
For more information about district policy in regards to nutrition and physical fitness and the Wellness Committee, please refer to policy 6700.
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.
USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
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