School Food Service and Nutrition

The Plymouth School District strives to contribute to the general well-being, mental and physical capacity, and learning ability of students. The district supports wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment. Improved health increases student performance potential.

 

Quick Links

PHS
October Lunch

Riverview
October Lunch

Elementary schools
October Breakfast
October Lunch

Additional resources
Nutrition for Breakfast - Educator Resource
District Food Service brochure
Wellness Policy
Wellness Policy Update (District School Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle Implementation Guidelines)
Smart Snacks: DPI Nutritional Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools: English / Spanish
choosemyplate.gov
USDA - National School Lunch Program
National School Lunch Standards: English / Spanish
 

Plymouth Food Service

Mission
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.

Vision
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.

 

National School Lunch Program

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, http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/NSLPFactSheet.pdf

Assistance is available for children whose families cannot pay the full price of school lunches.

 

Prices

2017–18 lunch prices in the Plymouth School District are as follows:
$2.50 for elementary school
$3.00 for middle school
$3.05 for high school
$3.70 for an adult lunch
$1.65 for morning breakfast snack (currently available at Fairview and Parkview)

It is every family's responsibility to carry a positive balance in their lunch account. Refunds will be made upon graduation for balances of $5 or more.

 

What’s in a lunch? Offer vs Serve

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:

  • Choice of fat-free skim or 1% white milk, or fat-free chocolate milk
  • Fruits and vegetables - fresh fruits and vegetables (along with canned and steamed varieties) are available at all schools.
  • Whole-grain breads, pastas, rice, rolls, whole-grain pizza crusts, buns, breadsticks
  • Variety of main entrees and side dishes following the Nutrition Standards in the NSLP and Breakfast Program established by the USDA. Most main dishes will include a grain and protein.
  • Proteins – usually part of the main entrée, including poultry, beef, beans, peanut butter, low-fat yogurt, cheese

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.

 

Learning and Making Food Fun!

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 along with our Nutrition & Wellness Coordinator travel 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 our featured Harvest of the Month.

 

Farm to School! Garden to Table!

The PHS Agriculture Department raised pigs for use in school lunches, and the Food Science and Agriculture Center will allow for more school harvests to be served in school cafeterias.

Our Farm-to-School Partners include Sartori, Sargento, Kewaskum Meats, Restoration Farms, Vollrath, Log Cabin Orchard, AJ Produce.

 

Not Just Lunch - Catering Services Available

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.

We offer
• 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.

 

Testimonials

"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

 

You can help!

Employment: Food Service is always looking for individuals to join our team of substitutes.

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.

 

Contact Us

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:

Toni DeStefano - Food Service Director
920-892-2661, Ext 1650 - tdestefano@plymouth.k12.wi.us

Caren Johnson - District Chef
920-892-2661, Ext 1651 - cjohnson@plymouth.k12.wi.us

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