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Evansville Lutheran School has an essential role in the lives of students by providing them with a foundation for healthy living and learning.  Our goal is to provide the kids’ favorite items combined with non-processed, healthier, fresh selections.   We feel it is important to offer these items to introduce students to different types of foods.  We are committed to each and every student, each and every day.

 

The Evansville Lutheran School Food and Nutrition Department makes affordable, healthy, and nutritious breakfasts,  lunches and after school snacks daily for our students.  We continue to meet tough new federal nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school.  Many of us think our children will only eat “kid” foods like chicken nuggets, hot dogs and pizza but we see something different happening here We are seeing kids in our school trying these new, healthier menu items.  We would like you to encourage your child to try a variety of the different choices offered throughout the school year.  Some fresh and healthy items you will continue to see this year are:

 

Vegetables:

Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber Slices, Baked Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Corn on the Cob, and Ranch Potato Fries.

 

Fruits:

Fresh cut apple slices, oranges, peaches, bananas, oranges, grapes, pineapple, pears, and strawberries

 

Entrees:

Our Menu is themed by the day of the week. Monday is American Day, Tuesday is International Day, Wednesday is Chicken Day, Thursday is Pizza Day and Friday is Finger Food day.  A paper copy monthly menu is sent out at the end of the month for the following month. You can also find the month’s menu on the school website.

 

Entrees examples are as follows:

  • Chicken Strips  All white meat, grilled chicken strips served with a side dip
  • Chicken Fillet Sandwich Whole muscle-all breast meat, oven baked chicken fillet served on a whole grain bun
  • Chicken Bites  An unprocessed whole muscle- all breast meat chicken bite that has taken the place of traditional “school chicken nuggets."
  • BQ Baked Potato Bar  Baked potato served with choice of BQ chicken, cheese, broccoli, bacon bits, and sour cream
  • Turkey Burrito Bowl  Taco seasoned ground turkey served on top of rice with Refried Beans
  • Chicken A La King  Oriental seasoned chicken served on rice with an Egg Roll
  • French Bread Pizza  Pepperoni pizza on a whole wheat French Bun

 

Salad Bar:

If your child doesn’t want the main entrée they can choose a substitute. A full Salad Bar is offered as a substitute. The Salad Bar is themed and rotates on a weekly basis: Ham Bar, Turkey Bar, and Chicken Bar.

 

The other alternative meals are a Grilled Cheese sandwich, or a Peanut Butter and Jelly with a Cheese Stick.

 

Breakfast:

Breakfast is offered daily at 6:45 AM till 7:10 AM,

 

Each grade is offered 5 meal components (meat, grain, fruit, vegetables and milk). Elementary and middle school students may take up to one ½ cup of fruit and two ½ cups of vegetables. Whole grains are used. Calorie requirements are averaged over each menu week and are as follows:  Elementary: 550-650cals/meal and Middle: 600-700cals.  You may find a full list of the federal USDA nutritional regulations for the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program website.

 

School breakfast and lunch meals offer students a variety of low fat milks or water as well as a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits on saturated fat, sodium and portion size.

 

Smart Snack:

A after school snack is offered for students who are participating in an after school program such as choir, sports, or Y-Care. All snacks that are provided to students meet the Smart Snack standards.

 

A La Carte:

A La Carte items are now sold to students at breakfast, lunch and immediately after school. A student can put these items on their account or pay in cash (during breakfast or after school). The school has given you as a parent the ability to block your student from charging A La Carte by clicking onto the Meal Magic program, go to your account, click the Parental tab, and check the items that you want to block.

 

The A La carte items and prices or listed below:

Nutri Gain - $1.50

Quaker Bar - $1.00

Strawberry or Chocolate Bars - $1.50

Sun Chips - $1.50

Goldfish - $0.50

Ice Cream Item - $1.00

Scooby Snacks - $0.50

Go Gurt Strawberry Yogurt - $1.00

Chocolate Chip Cookie - $0.50

Raisins - $0.25

Fresh Fruits - $0.50

Bottle Water or Juice - $0.50

 

Tasty Tuesdays Program

Every Tuesday classes are able to participate in our nutritional class.  Your students learn from the Hot Lunch Program Manager about nutrition, food safety, health, and cooking skills. They get to peek behind the scenes of the cafeteria. They also get to taste some pretty cool stuff.

 

Farm to School Program

The Food & Nutrition Department is excited to again work with local farmers and vendors to provide the freshest produce to our students.  We feel this is not only a great benefit for our students but also a great opportunity to help the local commerce.  “Local” by our definition is within our or adjacent county. Look for our local fresh apples, peaches, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and romaine lettuce.

 

Free and Reduced Meal Applications

Do you think you may qualify for meal and book rental financial assistance?  You may now complete your Free and Reduced Meal Application on-line! Go to www.lunchapp.com to apply.  The benefit of applying on-line is that it gives you an almost immediate processing of your application; there is no delay in receiving benefits, and you can do it in the privacy of your home.

 

A paper application may be downloaded at the following link Free & Reduced Program or by contacting your school.  Only one application is required per family (regardless of the number of children).  Paper applications should be sent to only one school.  If you need any assistance filling out the application, please contact the Business Administration Department at 812-424-7252.

 

If you are receiving food stamps or TANF, you may receive a letter stating that your child has been automatically approved for free meals.  If you receive this letter, you do not need to fill out an application.

 

If you were approved for free or reduced meal assistance last year, your benefits will expire 30 days from the start of the school year..  Please be sure you submit a new application prior to the expiration date to allow ample time for processing.  If there is a lapse in benefits, you are responsible for paying the amount owed for breakfast and lunch meals that has accrued.

 

Meal Payments

You may pay cash or check at the school office or money can be deposited into your child account.  The money will then be used as a debit system to purchase. If you have more than one student in Evansville Lutheran School, you may choose to send one check to be deposited into all student accounts.  The deposit will be evenly split among all students unless specified otherwise.

 

You may also make pre-payments to your child’s school meal account anytime using your VISA or MasterCard (credit or debit) on-line through Meal Magic. Online payments are automatically credited to your child’s meal account.  A $2.00 processing fee will apply for on-line payment transactions. Account balances and transactions may be checked on-line at no charge.  We encourage you to visit this website frequently so you can be aware of what your child is purchasing on a daily basis.

 

Meal Prices:

Breakfast - $1.55

Lunch or Salad Bar - $2.85

Adult Lunch - $3.45

 

Extra Milk - $0.40

Extra Food or Side Salad - $1.50

 

Charge Policy

The Food & Nutrition Department operates as a self-supporting, cost effective business and maintains fiscal responsibility to the overall operation.  The Food & Nutrition Department relies solely on money received from meals and food provided, as well as some government reimbursement for each school breakfast and lunch meal purchased.  We do not receive money from the school corporation.  Therefore, it is important that students have money in their account so they can continue to purchase the meals and foods that they buy.  Delinquent meal accounts will be turned over to the school corporation attorney for collection.

 

A student may charge up to $20.00 to his/her meal account.  After the $20.00 limit has been reached or after an account debt remains unpaid for 30 days, the student will receive an alternative meal. No extras or A La Carte items can be purchased if account is delinquent $10 or more. Click here to see the school's Cafeteria - Meals, Accounts and Charges policy.

 

Special Dietary Needs

If your child has a special dietary need, please notify the school and the school’s cafeteria manager.  If your child suffers from a food allergy, the school cafeteria must have an updated copy of the Food Allergy Action Plan signed by the physician Allergist.  Alternative menu options are available.  You can find copies of these forms to download on our website.

 

We will be unable to provide a fluid milk substitution (i.e. soy milk or lactose-free milk) if your child has lactose intolerance due to federal USDA standards for fluid milk substitutions.  Free water is available in all school cafeterias.  Juice is available to purchase for $0.50.

 

Wellness Committee

In accordance to USDA regulations the school formed a Wellness Committee. This Committee is comprised of the Food Manager, Business Administrator, Athletic Director, a school board member, a parent and a student. This Board meets every quarter and forms Wellness Policies for the school. Click here to see the school's wellness policy.

 

We hope that you and your children find our menus flavorful, healthy and full of variety. We take pride in doing our best to provide nutritious and affordable meals to your children. We encourage you to join us for lunch!!  If you would like to have lunch with your child, please notify the school’s front office. If you ever have any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office Monday through Friday 7:00AM -3:00PM Or you can put a suggestion in the Hot Lunch Program suggestion box located at the serving area.

 

Learning healthy eating habits at a young age can reap benefits for a lifetime.

 

111 East Virginia Street • Evansville, Indiana • (812) 424-7252

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