Food & Nutrition Department

The Warrick County School Corporation 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 WCSC Food and Nutrition Department makes affordable, healthy, and nutritious breakfasts and lunches 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, hotdogs and pizza but we see something different happening here in our district.  We are seeing thousands of kids across Warrick County 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:   Fresh Jicama Sticks, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber Slices, Homemade Mexican Pinto Bean Dip, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus w/ Veggie Sticks, White Beans w/ Bacon, Romaine Garden Salads, Parmesan Broccoli, Edamame, Cauliflower and Fiesta Bean Salad
Fruits:  Fresh cut apple slices, peaches, bananas, oranges, grapes, kiwi, fresh pineapple, pears, plums, and strawberries
Entrees

  • BBQ Chicken Strips- All white meat, grilled chicken strips served in our sweet n’ tangy homemade BBQ sauce
  • Chicken Fillet Sandwich- Whole muscle-all breast meat, oven baked chicken filet served on a whole grain bun
  • Chicken BitesAn unprocessed whole muscle- all breast meat chicken bite that has taken the place of traditional “school chicken nuggets”.   
  • Chicken Bruschetta PastaWhole Grain Barilla Pasta tossed with garlic, olive oil, fresh basil, diced tomatoes, chicken, parmesan cheese and balsamic  vinegar
  • Citrus Herb Baked Tilapia- A fresh Tilapia filet sprinkled with a sweet lemon, basil, thyme seasoning and parmesan cheese
  • Gyros- Beef & Lamb gyro meat served on warm flatbread with Greek tzatziki sauce made with fresh cucumbers and an array of fresh seasonings. Gyros are served with tossed Greek salad topped with cherry tomatoes and dill.
  • Ham & Cheese Toasties- Sliced Ham & Cheddar Cheese topped with a special honey mustard sauce toasted in a whole wheat tortilla shell
  • Pita Bread Pizza- Pita Bread topped with pizza sauce, fresh chopped basil,  shredded mozzarella and grated parmesan cheese
  • Pollo Con Queso- Our take on the traditional Mexican Chicken on the Beach, tender shredded all white meat chicken served over a bed of Spanish rice topped with warm queso cheese.
  • Polynesian Pork Flatbread- Shredded pork carnita meat tossed in a light teriyaki sauce served over warm flatbread.  Pork is topped with roasted red peppers, pineapple and a homemade garlic aioli.
  • Pot Roast over Noodles- Oven roasted fork-tender pot roast served over egg noodles. 
  • All Ranch Dressing and Vegetable Dips are homemade and made with buttermilk and yogurt.

Breakfast- Breakfast is offered daily at all schools and is open 20 minutes before classes begin. 

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

What’s For Lunch???
Have you ever wondered what is actually provided in the school meals? Please visit our “What’s For Lunch” section on our website to view pictures of our school meals.  These pictures depict actual portion sizes and foods offered for each meal listed.  They also provide a description of the ingredients used to prepare the meals.  We will continue to add to this webpage so you can better see what foods are available for your students each day.  For example:

Elementary Middle High
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As you can see, each grade level is offered 5 meal components (meat, grain, fruit, vegetables and milk) however the serving sizes for each grade level vary. Elementary and middle school students may take up to one ½ cup of fruit and two ½ cups of vegetables whereas high school students may select up on to two ½ cups of fruit and two ½ cups of vegetables for lunch daily. Grains and meats vary by grade level depending on the item.  Calorie requirements are averaged over each menu week and are as follows:  Elementary: 550-650cals/meal, Middle: 600-700cals/meal, High: 770-850cals/meal. You may find a full list of the federal USDA nutritional regulations for the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program on our website.   

Farm to School Program
The WCSC Food & Nutrition Department is excited to again work with local farmers 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 county or an adjacent county. Local produce provided by Bud’s Farm and Lakeview Orchards will be featured on our menus throughout the year.  Look for our local fresh apples, peaches, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, basil 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 online! Go to www.lunchapp.com to apply.  The benefit of applying online 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 Food & Nutrition Department at 812-897-1341.

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 on September 22 , 2015.  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 send cash or check to your child’s school and the money can be deposited into their account.  The money will then be used as a debit system to purchase meals using your child’s 6-digit student ID number.  If you choose to send a check, please be sure to include the student’s name on the memo line of the check to ensure it is deposited to the proper account.  If you have more than one student in the Warrick County School system, you may choose to send one check to be deposited into all student accounts (regardless of what school they attend). If you choose to do this, please be sure to list each student at the bottom of the check.  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) online through www.sendmoneytoschool.com.  Online payments are automatically credited to your child’s meal account.  A $2.50 processing fee will apply for online payment transactions.   Account balances and transactions may be checked online 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.

A La Carte items may be purchased in each school cafeteria. If you would like to block your student from purchasing A La Carte items or place a daily spending limit on your child’s account, you may do so by contacting the school cafeteria manager.

You may also contact your school’s Cafeteria Manager to sign up for email notifications when your child’s meal account balance is getting low.  Email notifications are sent every Tuesday and Saturday at 4:00pm to those accounts whose balance is $10.00 or less. 

Meal Prices

Breakfast Elementary:  $1.25 Middle:   $1.25 High:  $1.25 Adult:  $2.00
Lunch Elementary:  $1.90 Middle:   $2.00 High:  $2.25 Adult:  $3.25
Extra Milk $0.50
Juice $0.50

Charge Policy
The WCSC Food & Nutrition Department operates as a self-supporting, cost effective business within our district, 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 are given breakfast and/or lunch money each day to purchase the meals and foods that they buy.  Delinquent meal accounts will be turned over to the school corporation attorney for collection.  Please visit our website to review the Meal Charge Policy.

Elementary School:  An elementary 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.

Middle School:  A middle school students and TJHS students may charge up to $10.00 to his/her meal account.  After the $10.00 limit has been reached or after the account debt remains unpaid for 30 days, no meals and no alternative meals will be provided. 

High School: High school students are not permitted to charge food or drink.

Special Dietary Needs
If your child has a special dietary need, please notify the school nurse and 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 at each school. 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.

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 your child’s teacher, the school’s front office or the cafeteria.  If you ever have any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

 

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

Healthy Regards,

Shenae M. Rowe, RD
Registered Dietitian
WCSC Food & Nutrition Director