Goldendale School District, 604 E. Brooks St., Goldendale, WA 98620, phone (509) 773-5177, fax (509) 773-6028
2013-2014 Food Services Meal Application
2013-2014 Food Services Letter to Parents
FOOD SERVICES PROGRAM
Under the direction of Julie Metz, Head Cook, nutritious meals are prepared for our students and employees each school day. Approximately 567 students from grades K-12 eat breakfast and lunch daily. The Food Service Department operates with revenues from daily meal sales, state reimbursement and federal resources.
Along with Mrs. Metz, Brenda Pegram and Linda Carter assist with meal preparation for our primary school students. Ruth Faulconer, Assistant Head Cook at our middle school, oversees meal preparation with help from Randi-Kay Bridgefarmer and Judy Wells. Sara Weese and Lori Niva, the high school cooks, prepare two entree choices for our high school students to select from along with a fresh salad bar each day.
In January 2012, at the direction of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act passed by Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a rule establishing a new, science-based nutrition standard for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. These standards are based on the recommendations of doctors, nutritionists, and other experts, and are designed to ensure that taxpaper-funded school meals reinforce the efforts of parents who are trying to instill their children with healthy eating habits and lifestyles in the face of the nation's growing child obesity epidemic.
The new standards identify the healthy ranges for five categories of food--fruits, vegetables, grains, meats or meat alternatives, and fluid milk as well as the healthy ranges for total calories, saturated and trans fats, and sodium. For the grains and the meats/meat alternative components, there are science-based, age-appropriate daily minimum quantities, as well as weekly minimum and maximum quantities for total calories. The Goldendale School District must comply with the new standards and our menus have been revised to meet the new standards effective January 2013.
A special emphasis has been placed on providing fresh vegetables every day and the students like this when served with a small portion of ranch low-fat dressing. Fruit is also served every day, along with an entree, a whole grain food and milk. Water is available for meals also. None of our menu items are deep-fried. In order to stay within the constraints of the food services budget, the majority of our food products are received through the USDA Commodity program at the best economical cost to our taxpayers. The district participates in a state food cooperative to obtain a discount on other purchased food products necessary to complete the menu requirements. Also, our cooks buy fresh produce and fruit at the two local grocery stores each week as needed.
Families are encouraged to complete an application for free or reduced price meals each year and return it to any school office. Not only does this program help our families in these difficult economic times but this information also assists the school district when applying for grants that benefit all of our students in many ways other than the Food Services program.
If you have any questions regarding the food service program, please feel free to contact us:
Lori Hackbarth, Food Service Director
Julie Metz, Head Cook - Goldendale Primary School