Please note: The Covid-19 pandemic has led to nationwide supply chain and product availability shortages. Some food and beverage products normally provided to students may not be available or arrive as scheduled. Due to unforeseen circumstances, last-minute menu changes and product substitutions may occur. Be assured meals will remain balanced, healthy, and plentiful. We ask for patience and understanding as we do our best to meet the needs of our students.PHS
To promote the enhancement of agricultural and food science studies, a “food literate” local community, integrated sustainable agriculture and an affordable health conscious lunch program.
To develop a progressive food experience committed to enhancing the educational model in the Plymouth School District through a better understanding of the relationships between food, health, productive learning and our environment.
Due to continued USDA funding, we are excited to announce that each student will receive a FREE* breakfast meal, and a FREE lunch meal each day during the school year!
* Meals contain one main entrée, a side choice if desired, two fruits and or vegetables, and a milk. Any extra meals/entrees, extra milk, milk only (if not taken with a meal) or ala carte items will be charged at the usual rate.
Adult lunches cost $3.75.
It is every family's responsibility to carry a positive balance in their lunch account. Those with outstanding balances from previous years are asked to please bring them up to date.
The goal of the Plymouth School District Food Service department is to provide nutritious meals to our students; working to improve the diet and overall health of our children. School meals help students sustain the energy they need to be successful in the classroom. Though meals have been free for the past two school years thanks to funding from the USDA, many families who were experiencing financial difficulties prior to Covid continue to carry negative balances.
The Food Service Angel Fund seeks to provide short-term assistance to families in need by covering negative lunch account balances and ensuring no child goes home hungry. The Angel Fund is offered to assist families with paying off negative lunch account balances and, if needed, providing future meals to students who do not qualify for Free & Reduced Lunches.
At the end of the school year, families with no remaining children in the district will be given the opportunity to donate their remaining balance to the Angel Fund. Families and businesses also may donate to the fund at any time by cash or check made out to Plymouth School Food Service with the note of the payment going to “Food Service Angel Fund”.
Plymouth School District participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The NSLP is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946. To learn more about how the program works, costs, and the nutritional requirements for NSLP please visit, https://www.fns.usda.gov/nslp/national-school-lunch-program-nslp
Free/Reduced Applications: Even though meals will be free this year, we still request that anyone potentially eligible for free/reduced meals fill out the free/reduced application. This helps funding for the district for students to receive testing benefits, waive fees, etc. Paper copies are available in the District Office or online below:
• Free and Reduced Lunch Application and Fee Waiver Form
• Comidas Escolares Gratis y a Precio Reducio y Formulario de Exención de Tarifas
Our meals include Fruits, Vegetables, Protein, Grains, and Dairy, which make up five components of a school lunch. Students do not need to take everything offered each day. All students must choose at least 3 components every day to make a lunch, with at least one component being a fruit or vegetable. Visit choosemyplate.gov to learn more about the different components in a lunch. Each day Plymouth School District offers choices of the following:
Adult lunches: We’d love for you to join us for lunch! As an adult, when you sign up for hot lunch, you are offered all the great choices listed above, plus at the elementary schools you are able to take double portions on side dishes. We also offer daily entrée salads (Garden, Chef, Taco – Chicken or Beef, Chicken Ranch, Pasta Salad, or Oriental Chicken). Please call Food Services before 9:30 a.m. to have your salad sent to the school at which you will be eating lunch.
Taste tests are offered multiple times throughout the school year to introduce the students to new foods, or to show favorites in a new way. Our Chef travels to the elementary and middle schools to educate and interact with students during lunches and provide taste tests to all students. Many of these taste tests coordinate with the featured Harvest of the Month.
The Food Science & Agriculture Center at Plymouth High School as well as the school gardens allow for more on-site harvests to be served in school cafeterias.
Our Farm-to-School Partners include Sartori, Sargento, Kewaskum Meats, Phipps Family, McMullen Family, Nourish Farms, Springdale Farms, Old Plank Farms, Bare Root Farm, Perienneal Farms Llc, Vollrath, Log Cabin Orchard, AJ Produce. And we are always looking for more. Know of a local farmer? Have them contact us!
Plymouth School Food Service offers catering services! Your PTO, school group, staff event or classroom can order food and services through our Food Service Department. Need an easy birthday treat? We can help you make choices to stay in line with our district's District School Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle Policy. The food will be delivered to the school your event is being held at the day of the event. This is a healthy, easy, and affordable way to have snacks and meals at your events.
• Home-made baked goods made with whole grains
• Frozen yogurt – non-fat, cholesterol free available multiple flavors (great for classroom birthday treats!)
• Juices, water, and other beverages
• Easy-to-make entrées for fun fairs such as pizzas, tacos, hot dogs, and sloppy joes
• Fresh fruits and vegetables
• And much more!
Please contact Food Service Director Toni DeStefano or Chef Caren Johnson for more information. Please allow at least two weeks' notice.
"We are new to this district, have two fourth graders at Fairview and just have to tell you how impressed we are with the school lunches you offer! The range of fresh fruits and vegetables on the menu is fantastic ... the entree selection includes traditional, kid-friendly school lunch favorites and yet continually encourages students to be more adventuresome and try new things ... and for the first time in our kids' educational career, we feel confident that their school meals are both tasty and highly nutritious." -- Email from parents
Employment: Food Service is always looking for individuals to join our team of substitutes. Bring a completed District Employment Application to the District Office on the south end of Plymouth High School, 125 S. Highland Ave. (Door 18).
Silverware: Have old or mismatched forks & spoons? Send them to school! We prefer to use the “real stuff” instead of plastic for a better dining experience. We started our transition to real silverware in 2014 as part of an Earth Day recycling event.
Our staff is committed to making your child’s meal experience a fun, healthy, and pleasant part of their day. Please contact us if you have questions or comments:
Caren Johnson - Food Service Director
920-892-2661, Ext 1083 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Goelzer - District Chef
920-892-2661, Ext 1082 - email@example.com