Welcome to the new and improved National School Lunch Program from Dining Services for the 2014 – 2015 school year. We would like to welcome Mrs. Linda Murphy as the new School Lunch Coordinator for both Ruth Murdoch Elementary and Andrews Academy. Along with a new School Lunch Coordinator, we also have some improvements to the program itself. The School Lunch program is committed to providing wholesome and nutritious meal plans to our students, by providing a variety of whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables whenever available.
As the standards of nutrition for the National School Lunch program continue to change on the national level, we are continually broadening our nutrition and menu options to accommodate these new changes. This year, your child will benefit from more new entree and a-la-cart menu choices than they have ever had before.
They will now have the choice between three entrees: beans and rice, peanut butter and jelly, or the entree of the day. Your child may continue to purchase an additional menu item from the a la cart menu. We hope that with this addition to your child’s options it will encourage them to make healthier choices and provide them with the tools needed to create a diet of variety and balance.
As in previous years, your child may choose a minimum of three components of a healthy and balanced plate for their lunch, but are encouraged to choose all five components. The National School Lunch Program used to be based on the National Pyramid Standard. However, it is now based on the MyPlate.gov program. With this program there are a total of five components for a healthy and balanced plate: Fruits, Vegetables, Grain, Protein, and Dairy. We would like to encourage participation in choosing all five components of the MyPlate.gov program. We are planning to offer special games or activities to make learning the different food group varieties in the MyPlate.gov Program fun for your child. For those attending Ruth Murdoch Elementary, your child may notice that we have color-coded all of the menu items based on the food group that they are in. This is to help your child easily identify what food items are in specific food groups, and to encourage them to get as many food group colors on their plate as possible.
If you like to plan your child's lunches for the month, please check this monthly updated School Lunch Menu
We offer hot food items daily. This includes the option of rice and beans in addition to the regularly provided hot meal. Juices are only an a la carte option and there is no salad bar supplied.
LUNCH IS SERVED DAILY AT 11:20 A.M + 1:00 P.M.
We offer hot food items daily. There is also a daily option of a salad bar in a addition to the hot items. Students may also purchase a la carte options such as an extra entree of peanut butter and jelly, juices, water, Sunchips, and granola bars in addition to their meal.
LUNCH IS SERVED DAILY AT 12 P.M.
The hot food items available at these schools can be purchased as a meal for one price or the individual menu items can be bought at an individual price. The total price would include an entree and salad bar. The a la carte options are sold individually. Meal plans are recommended, but not required since items can be sold individually. Both meal plans and cash are accepted. To set up a meal plan you can download and fill out our PDF version of the Meal Plan Contract for either Andrews Academy or Ruth Murdoch, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need financial assistance for your meal plan you can download and fill out our PDF version of the Financial Assistance Meal Plan.
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