Dear Greenburgh Parent:
Welcome to a new school year! The Greenburgh Food Service staff is looking forward to serving your children nutritious, great-tasting menus that support their achievements in school and promote healthy lifestyles. Healthy for Life is our commitment to creating healthier environments and communities, by providing comprehensive nutrition and wellness education.
We offer a variety of meal choices with one goal in mind: To provide outstanding service and high quality “kid-friendly” meals that meet or exceed the latest federal and state requirements. Greenburgh menus are designed to ensure that students receive a balanced meal, consisting of foods from all major food groups in the right proportions to meet calorie and other nutrient needs. The products and the cooking methods we use conserve food quality and nutrients while limiting the addition of fats and eliminating frying. So although you may see popular items like pizza and chicken nuggets on your menus, be assured that your child’s school meal selections contain healthy whole grains and are lower in fat and salt than what you find in grocery stores or restaurants. We will also be offering some different foods that your children may not have tried before, so please encourage your child to taste these items. They just might become a new favorite!
All of the bread and grain products served for breakfast and lunch are the whole grain-rich, ensuring plenty of fiber and other essential nutrients. Added trans fats have been eliminated from all foods, and menus are planned to limit sodium to meet the new standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for school meals.
Both the School Breakfast Program(SBP) and National School Lunch Program(NSLP) meal pattern and nutrition standards ensure that meals provide age-appropriate calorie levels ; offer a wide variety of fruits and plenty of vegetables everyday,with a focus on nutrient-dense dark green,red/orange and legume vegetable selections along with healthy grains and lean proteins.
School meals are planned based on 3-grade groups (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12) that naturally align with children’s nutrition needs for growth and health. While the focus of school meals is on healthy nutrient dense foods the nutrition standards ensure that there is a limit on saturated fat, sodium and added trans fats for optimum health and growth.
We will continue to post signs on each service line to show students how to select a reimbursable meal, as well as to help them understand how their choices fit into the key food groups needed to ensure a balanced approach to healthy eating.
We are proud to serve your child and encourage you to support our ongoing efforts to improve student health and well- being by participating in our Food Service program.
To learn more about healthy school meals visit http://www.fns.usda.gov
Please feel free to call me at 914.761.6052 Ext. 3038 with any questions or comments.
Food Service Director
Free & Reduced Lunch
All schools serve nutritious breakfast and lunch that conforms to State requirements. Meals can be purchased at each school on a daily basis. The District participates in the National School Lunch Program that provides free or reduced-price lunches to all eligible families. Eligibility standards are sent to parents in the fall. Applications are available in each school building and are due by the last day of September.
Please submit the free and reduced application to either your child's school or to Laurie D'Amico in the Administration Building. You may also fax it to (914) 681-9126.I. f you have any questions, please call Laurie at 914.761.6000 ext. 3106