La Center Food Service
- Harvest of the Month
- Food Service Payment Guidelines
- Farm-To-Table Policy
- Why School Lunches Are Your Best Choice
- Free & Reduced Programs
- Statement of Non-Discrimination
Students and/or parents can put money into their InTouch Food Service account directly by either depositing money from home or by taking money to the relevant school office for deposit PRIOR to the beginning of their lunch period. The only exception is that 9-12th graders can still purchase a la carte items with cash. Any change will be applied to the student’s food service account.
In addition to increases in accounting efficiency, this new system allows parents to see deposits made into food service and, more importantly, to see a full history of your student’s food purchases. Students will be allowed to let their account fall 2 meals into the negative, but after that, they will be provided a cheese sandwich (in K-8) or access to the salad bar (9-12) until the balance is rectified.
Each student now has a 4-digit Food Service Number, even students that have not purchased lunch in the past. For most students, this will be the same 4-digit number it has always been. For some students who have always paid cash (Or didn’t use the lunch program), this will be a new ID number. In grades 5-12, we’ll list the food service number on the student’s schedule that’s handed out at the beginning of the year. For grades K-4, your student’s teacher will have their ID number and will distribute them at the beginning of the year.
As part of the efforts, La Center School District supports the Farm to School Program to connect its schools and local farms so that cafeterias are able to serve fresher and more nutritious meals using locally produced food. This policy is created to:
1. Help students eat more nutritious foods and develop healthier lifelong eating patterns.
2. Support the local economy and local farmers.
3. Integrate food-related education into the classroom curriculum.
4. Improve the quality of foods served in the cafeteria.
Goals of the Farm to School Program:
1. Staff members are encouraged to utilize food from local farms in classroom kitchens and cafeterias.
2. Staff members are encouraged to establish relationships with local farms.
3. Food service and teaching staff will work together to integrate experiences in cafeterias, kitchens and classrooms.
4. School food services will coordinate its menus with seasonal production of local farms so that school meals will reflect seasonality and local agriculture.
The La Center School District seeks to serve Washington State grown products to its students. Cafeteria staff will seek quotes for locally-produced, grown or processed items (within 200 miles) to serve to its students. A number scale from 1 to 5 will be used to determine vendor preference and location. All vendors or farmers will use good food handling practices to ensure safety of the products provided.
References: USDA, Farm to School Program
WSDA, Washington State Department of Agriculture
La Center School District
Adopted: October 24, 2017
- At least one portion of fruit or one portion of vegetables with every meal.
- High-quality meat, poultry or fish regularly.
- Whole grain bread, other cereals and potatoes regularly.
- Low sodium food choices.
- La Center schools students have an unlimited fruit and vegetable bar.
Friendly cafeteria staff to help your child make the best school lunch. You may find that your previously fussy eater is open to trying new foods if they have school meals. Their friends will be having the same or similar foods, enticing them to try something different. Above all, school meals will save time. The only thing you’ll have to remember is to pay for your child’s meals. La Center schools has a smooth-running payment system that make it easy for you!!
Wishing you good nutritional health!
–The La Center Schools nutritional staff
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: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.