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Student Nutrition

About the student meal program

We use student input and surveys in the development of our meal program. Positive customer service, pleasing meals, quality control, proper food safety/food handling, and overall program enhancement are our goals.

 

As always, we hope that you will continue to let us know the things you like about the program. We also welcome your calls at 907-348-5145 regarding various menu items or questions you have about the program in general.

 

Our facilities are operated in accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, which does not permit discrimination because of race, color, gender, age, disability, or national origin. More information may be obtained here or from the Office of Equal Opportunity, USDA, Washington, D.C. 20250 -Secretary of Agriculture

 

Student Nutrition worker‌Our mission

"We are a team of professionals at all levels dedicated to providing healthy and satisfying meals to our students which augments, reinforces, and assists the District's goal to educate all students for success in life."

 

Student Nutrition is taking a leadership role and a proactive approach in providing students with nutritious meals. Our focus areas are:

  • Nutrition - Provide age-specific, nutritionally balanced menus at breakfast and lunch.
  • Achievement - Provide nutritional messages on our menus and a Nutrition Nuggets Newsletter sent home to our families monthly.
  • Activity - Hold quarterly Advisory Committee meetings where the parents are welcomed.

 

Breakfast and lunch menus are available at each school. They are also posted here, in the Student Nutrition section of the district's website.

 

Nutritional guidelines & health inspections

These guidelines follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend that no more than 30 percent of an individual’s calories come from fat, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. School lunches must provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium & calories. These meals are nutritionally balanced by the week.

 

Health inspections of food preparation areas are conducted by the municipal health department. The school district also employs a full-time microbiologist to ensure safe food handling and preparation.

 

Free and reduced-price lunch information

The Anchorage School District provides free meals and reduced-price meals for elementary, middle and high school students who are eligible under the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program. Children from households whose income is at or below designated financial levels are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals. See the Free and Reduced Price Web page for additional information.