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Nutrition Services to provide elementary students unlimited access to fresh fruits and vegetables in 2022

As Lewis-Palmer School District 38 prepares for the 2022-2023 school year, the Nutrition Services team has been hard at work in devising new menu options and more.

According to Stacey Baker, director of nutritional services, a number of changes are underway as the department prepares for the sunsetting of the USDA nutrition plan enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve been grateful over the past two years to participate in the USDA program which provided waivers for free meals, most recently at the elementary school level,” Baker said. “As that program ends nationwide, we at D38 are looking forward to continuing to serve all students and roll out new menu options as we do so.”

Perks of the new menu include fresh fruits and vegetables sourced only from the U.S., as well as unlimited access to certain options, including revamped salad bars. A refreshed menu will include never-before-seen selections such as Teriyaki chicken.

“Our focus is to provide nutritious meals for our students, and we realize many families may be paying for meals for the first time. At D38, we’re committed to meeting the high standards of providing students fuel for both learning and growth. We source the freshest fruits, vegetables and grains solely from U.S. producers,” Baker said.

Baker added the department published its updated pricing, which can be found below, or at the Nutritional Services website here.

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Before the start of the year, families are asked to review or set up their MySchoolBucks account for ease of payment. Additionally, with the sunsetting of the free USDA program, all families who qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch are encouraged to apply when applications open on Aug. 5.

For more information about MySchoolBucks, tap here. For more information about Free & Reduced Lunch, tap here.

We’re hiring: If you’re interested in working a flexible job with holidays and snow days off, and more, tap here to learn more about working with our Nutrition Services team.

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