Between preparing healthy meals for America’s students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes! GCOS nutritions staff go well above and beyond to ensure students are exposed to fresh, locally-developed food. Ms. Landrum brings in local farmers to both feature local meats and produce as well as educate students about the process used to get the food from farm to table.
May 6th is School Lunch Hero Day. Please join us in expressing our gratitude and admiration for these wonderful members of our team!
GCPS school nutrition staff picking fresh, locally-grown berries to be served in the cafeterias.

GCPS school nutrition staff picking fresh, locally-grown berries to be served in the cafeterias.

GCPS, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the School Nutrition Association (SNA), recognizes March 7-11, 2016, as National School Breakfast Week (NSBW).  Please join us in honoring “Wake up to School Breakfast,” this year’s theme for the celebration!

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School breakfast is an important component of the school day that can help students be ready to learn.  Studies have shown that students who participate in the School Breakfast Program have improved overall diet quality, including greater consumption of grains, fruits, and milk; improved academic performance; and improved attendance.  Increasing the number of students who eat a nutritious meal as part of the School Breakfast Program is an important step in improving the health of Virginia’s students, as well as their academic achievement.

GCPS School Nutrition Supervisor, Lisa Landrum, has partnered with the first lady, No Kid Hungry, Virginia Hunger Solutions, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, Southeastern United Dairy Industry Associates, and others to promote school breakfast and provide resources and support to school divisions.  The Governor will issue a proclamation for School Breakfast Week. No Kid Hungry has developed a toolkit for NSBW 2016 which is provided as Attachment A to this memo.  Virginia Hunger Solutions will be releasing their 2016 Virginia School Breakfast Report during NSBW to share school breakfast program best practices and recognize top performing schools and school divisions in Virginia.  A Discover School Breakfast Tool Kit with additional resources is also available on the USDA Web site at:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/breakfast/toolkit/Default.htm.

Goochland’s Farm to School program continues to thrive! Here, a partnership between Chef Stephanie Charnes’ culinary arts students at Goochland Tech and nutrition staff at the secondary complex brings gourmet fall treats using locally-grown foods to students!

Begun in 2009 when nutrition supervisor, Lisa Landrum, had a vision for bringing more locally-grown produce and foods into school cafeterias, Farm to School has expanded. Once each week locally-grown foods comprise the entire menu in every school cafeteria. Local farmers come to teach students about the processes they use to develop healthier, organic foods as they’re served in the school cafeterias.

 

Healthy meals are an important part of how we create an educational environment in which every learner’s potential can be maximized. Please take a look at the information below and contact your child’s principal if you have any questions or concerns about how lunch or breakfast will be served, how to pay your child’s meal fees, or how to apply for free or reduced meals.

Meal Payment 

We really encourage you to prepay meals. This will speed up service and provide your child more time to enjoy lunch.  Pre-payment may be made for the week, month or year. Students may pre-pay in the cafeteria by cash or check.

You always have the option to pay or check balances online at www.MyPaymentsPlus.com or use our telephone system @ 1-866-572-6091.

Balances left on your child’s account at the end of the school year will carry over to the next school year. Refunds are only issued if a child will be leaving Goochland County Public Schools.

 Menus 

Our menus are designed to average fewer than 30% calories from fat and 10% calories from saturated fat each week. Lunch menus will always provide one-third of the daily-recommended levels for protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and calories. Breakfast will contain one-fourth of these daily recommendations. The daily menus will consist of a minimum of two main entrees, cold plates and salads, choice of two fruits and two vegetables and three selections of milk. All bread items served are whole grain.

Monthly menus will be posted on our county web site at www.glnd.k12.va.us.

 A La Carte Items

The purpose of a la carte sales is to enhance, not replace a balanced meal.  We encourage you to talk with your child about how many and which of these items you prefer him or her to choose. All a la carte items contain no more than 35% calories from total fat as served, and no more than 35% by weight sugar content per serving. In addition, these products are prohibited from having caffeine or being carbonated. 

Lost or Forgotten Lunch Money

Sometimes our students lose or forget their lunch money. We strongly recommend prepayment to help avoid this, but we understand it’s going to happen. Students who lose or forget their breakfast or lunch money will always be served a meal. The principal will send you a notice requesting that the students’ account be reconciled. Once a student’s account has reached a deficit of $10.00, the student will be provided an alternative meal of a ham or turkey sandwich, fruit, vegetable and milk. 

Parents, you are invited and encouraged to eat lunch with your children any time during the school year.   We simply ask that you schedule these opportunities with your child’s principal. Adult lunches are $3.75.

Applications for Free and Reduced Meals

These applications are provided to every student at the beginning of each school year. Applications are also available at all school sites or from the Food Service Office (804-556-5604).  Only one application is needed for all students in a household, but you will need to complete a new application each year. If you receive a Letter of Direct Certification, you do not need to fill out a free and reduced application. 

Applications may be returned to your school’s cafeteria manager. This information is kept in strict confidence within the division. If you have any questions about who has access to your application, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Food Allergies

We cannot stress enough the importance of your communicating with us about your child’s food allergies. Please be sure to notify your school office as well as the cafeteria manager at your school site of any FOOD ALLERGIES your child has.  Any allergies or special needs requiring substitutions to the regular school meal will require a physician’s statement.

Student Conduct in the Cafeteria

We intend for your child’s breakfast or lunch time to be enjoyable. It’s time that can be spent socializing with peers and interacting with adults, both integral to the education process. In order to provide the very best experience for all students during meals, we ask that students practice good table manners and converse in a normal speaking voice. Your child’s school may have other, more specific cafeteria rules in place (such as where to sit, how to return trays and discard trash). Generally speaking, we just ask that everyone be respectful and enjoy the food and the time!