Elgin Space College District U-46’s Meals and Vitamin Companies division will probably be honored with an “Accent on Achievement” throughout Monday evening’s board of training assembly simply forward of Nationwide College Lunch Week.
The federally-funded Nationwide College Lunch Program has been serving the nation’s youngsters since 1946 and supplies nutritionally balanced, wholesome meals to greater than 30 million youngsters every single day. Nationwide College Lunch Week will probably be celebrated in faculties throughout the nation Oct. 14-18, 2019.
U-46 serves 3.35 million lunches yearly, with a mean of 18,700 college students consuming a college lunch every day, mentioned Elena Hildreth, director of the Meals and Vitamin Companies division.
“I am pleased with the strides my staff has made in making faculty lunches more healthy and extra interesting to college students,” Hildreth mentioned. “College lunch is a vital a part of guaranteeing college students have the gasoline they should study and develop.”
9 of the college district’s elementary faculties provide salad bars the place college students can customise their very own salad; 10 extra salad bars will open by January 2020.
Elementary college students now even have the choice of a chilly or sizzling lunch entree every day.
On the secondary stage, quite a lot of “home particular” pizzas are supplied, and stations have been arrange so college students can customise all the things from pasta to rice bowls, rooster wings to baked potatoes.
Beginning this faculty yr, the college district is now additionally working to make sure the customized meals it provides to college students with documented allergic reactions are just like the meals served off the first menu.
“Our dietitian works intently with our nurses and households to make sure they’ve allergy delicate meals out there which might be as shut as attainable to the posted menu,” Hildreth mentioned.
Colleges all through the college district will probably be celebrating Nationwide College Lunch Week with video games, actions, and particular menus.
Hildreth will probably be at Monday’s board assembly to just accept the “Accent on Achievement” certificates for the Meals and Vitamin Companies division at 7 p.m. in room 140 on the Academic Companies Heart.