What’s for Lunch?
That is a question school kids ask every day. In the Twin Falls School District, 96 food service personnel, under the direction of the food service supervisor, contribute to the answer.
With over a 1,425,000 meals being served every year, the kitchens in our district are bustling places, filled with the aroma of home cooking. Federally subsidized food service must follow government-prescribed guidelines in the preparation of these meals. All meals meet at least 1/3 of the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA’s) for calories, protein, vitamins A & C, calcium, and iron–for different age and grade groups. In addition, our meals have reduced sodium and cholesterol and increased dietary fiber. With meals that contain no more than 30% of the calories from fat, and no more than 10% of the calories coming from saturated fat, food is served that is not just “good for you”, but food that kids like and will eat.
So, what’s on the menu? Chicken nuggets, tacos, deli sandwiches, spaghetti, burritos, sloppy joes, or hamburgers, in combination with salads, fruits, dessert, and milk are just a sample of what is available to kids today. Food service even offers the most popular food with kids these days: Ham & Cheese and Pepperoni pizza pockets.
Breakfast at School
On any school day in the district, you will also find food service staff serving breakfast to students. And … it’s not just cereal anymore. Breakfast might be pancakes or waffles with sausage, fruit, and milk. It might be a breakfast combo bar with potato wedges, fruit juice, and milk. You might get scrambled eggs and bacon, or quesadillas and potato rounds. Or you might have cereal with toast, cereal with cinnamon rolls, cereal with donuts, or cereal with bagels and cream cheese. But no matter what breakfast is served, it is always served with milk and fruit and it meets recommended dietary guidelines.
Free and Reduced Cost Meals
As you can see, both breakfast and lunch provide kids with healthy, tasty choices. This means that each of the nearly 9,200 students can eat a nutritious breakfast or lunch at school. It means that every day, in every kitchen, someone cooks, washes dishes, and cleans up the mess. It means that here, someone who might have gone hungry won’t. And it means that if you can’t be there to feed your kids, someone will. Isn’t that nice?
The TFSD takes advantage of federal programs that help provide nutritious meals at little or no cost. Eight of our schools, Bickel, Harrison, Lincoln, Morningside, Oregon Trail, Perrine, Bridge Academy, and Magic Valley High School offer free lunch to all students through the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision. To qualify these schools had to certify that at least 40 percent of their students qualified for free meals under other programs.
If your student does not attend a school that provides free lunch but you still need assistance with school lunch costs, the Free and Reduced Meal Program might be an option. You can find an application for this program on the right-hand side of this page. If you would like information about the free breakfast program or the Free and Reduced meal program, please contact School Food Service at 733-0134 or fill out an application online. If you need information about the times that breakfasts are served at the schools, please contact the school your child attends.
What you need to know about Free and Reduced Lunch:
- New applications must be completed every school year.
- If your student attends a CEP School (Free Breakfast and Lunch) no application is necessary.
- If parents have students in non-CEP Schools as well as CEP Schools they will need to fill out an application.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
FFVP is an important tool in our efforts to combat childhood obesity. The Program has been successful in introducing school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample. The various partnerships that FNS and state agencies have developed in the public and private sectors, as well as the dedicated work of school administrators, have contributed to the overall success and acceptance of the program. FFVP is consistent with the and supports the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s recommendations to provide healthier snack choices in schools. This program is offered through grant funding at Bickel, Harrison, Lincoln, Morningside, Oregon Trail, and Perrine elementary schools.
2018-19 Free and Reduced Parent Letter
2018-19 Free and Reduced Parent Letter (Spanish)
2018-19 Free and Reduced Lunch Application
2018-19 Free and Reduced Lunch Application (Spanish)
Second Breakfast $1.75
Second Lunch $3.10
Second Breakfast $2.00
Second Lunch $3.35
Second Breakfast $2.00
Second Lunch $3.60