The nutritional values of our meals are evaluated over a period of a week rather than a single meal or single food item. We use a nutritional analysis software approved by the United States Department of Agriculture.
We strive to serve meals that not only fit into a healthy eating pattern but also one that the students would like to eat. We must be an efficient, cost effective program as we are self-supporting and strive to use no School District supporting funds.
Breakfast is served at most schools and lunch is served at all schools. Various snack items including milk, juice, and bottled water are available at all schools during a morning nutrition break and/or during the lunch service time.
Participation in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs allow us to offer healthful meals and food choices to all children regardless of their families’ income. Any household interested in applying for Free or Reduced Price Meals may do so at anytime during the school year. See Free or Reduced Price Meal Applications for instructions and an application sheet.
The Nutrition Program prepares and serves approximately 450,000 lunches and 73,000 breakfasts to DCSD students each school year. An average of 50% of students enrolled in elementary and middle schools, eat lunch with us every day. Forty-five, mostly part-time, employees prepare these meals averaging nearly 49,000 lunches and 8,000 breakfasts served a month.