After serving 135,500 meals, 6,500 after school snacks, many coffee carts and lots of a la carte sandwiches through March 31, you might think the school’s Food Service Department is beginning to wind down. Actually, ordering next year’s groceries has already begun and we are working on our summer feeding program. Dates for the Pine River-Backus Summer Feeding Program are Aug. 4-22. Breakfast will be served from 8-9 a.m., and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), founded in 1946 under President Harry Truman to bring low-cost or free meals to qualified students, has since grown to be the second largest food and nutrition assistance program in the United States. Approximately 30.5 million children are served on an average day. As we look through the history of NSLP it has continued to change and grow. It has become much more than lunch. NSLP includes breakfast, fresh fruit and vegetable programs, summer feeding programs, after school snacks and meal programs.
There’s a lot that’s been “cooking” in the Pine River-Backus School kitchen in the past few months! The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act has required that all school food service operations re-evaluate their menus and make changes. As part of the process, we did calorie counting, checked to ensure we had met our vegetable sub-group requirements and shopped for whole grain products.