The VASD Child Nutrition Services Department strives to offer healthy and nutritious school meals emphasizing fruit, vegetables, and whole grains that meet USDA guidelines. School menus are available from Nutrislice.
Meal Prices 2021-2022Meal prices for the 2021-22 school year will remain the same as in the 2020-21 school year. Breakfast and lunch will be free of charge for all students.
The Food Service Department knows and understands that children who eat well-balanced, nutritious meals do much better in school. We use the highest quality products to make meals. Each school day we provide healthy and affordable breakfast and lunch meals. Under the United States Department of Agriculture guidelines (USDA) breakfast provides over one-fourth of all of a child's daily nutritional requirements, and lunch provides over one-third.
Students are encouraged to make healthy choices. We provide numerous options each day throughout all of the grade levels, from fresh fruits and vegetables to low-fat milk. To help meet the very important nutritional needs of a growing student, we have planned the elementary, middle, and high school menus to accommodate diverse taste buds.
We also have the Offer vs. Serve Program. Offer vs. Serve allows students a choice for lunch. The student must take three of the five food choices that include milk, meat or meat alternative, fruit, vegetable, and bread. Students are required to take 1/2 cup of a fruit or vegetable, or a combination of the two, at each lunch meal.
All of the food prepared for the schools is made by food Service Staff that have been trained through the National Restaurant Association ServSafe Course. We value and believe in providing high-quality, safe, and tasty food to all students.
- More choices of whole-grain cereals, and less sugary cereals on the breakfast menu.
- Low fat and fat-free salad dressings are used in school lunches.
- Baked french fries are provided to the students with the addition of adding more baked sweet potato fries.
- Whole-grain bread is available to help students meet their daily fiber needs.
- 1% low-fat NO high fructose corn syrup in our chocolate milk.
- Proud to feature locally grown Wisconsin Apple Slices from Apple Orchards in Richland Center, Wisconsin.
School lunch is a convenient and economical option for busy families! In fact, it takes a real balancing act to beat school lunch's value with a bag lunch! If you haven't already done so, give it a try.
- School lunches offer a variety of foods from MyPyramid and meet very specific Guidelines for Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, and Calcium. Guidelines also limit the amount of fat and saturated fat allowed.
- Cost-wise they are a great value. A typical school lunch contains an entree, two servings of fruits and vegetables, a grain item, and milk.
- Research shows that students that eat school meals are more likely to consume milk, meats, vegetables, and grains as compared to students who bring lunch from home. They also have a higher intake of some "problem nutrients" including Calcium and Vitamin A.