It is our mission to meet the nutritional needs of the students and staff of the Auburn School District by offering a variety of quality, nutritious meals in a timely, cost-effective manner. In our work to fulfill this mission, we:
· contribute to students' education in the areas of health and nutrition.
· make decisions based on what is best for kids.
· source and prepare fresh, natural, and homemade foods from scratch—offering fresh, natural,whole foods as often as possible.
· obtain produce from local farmers and procure organic fruits and vegetables from our purveyors whenever possible. Partnering in the Farm to School Program and featuring a different local food as our Harvest-of-the-Month selection each month gives students opportunities to learn about and taste new foods.
· participate in the National School Lunch, Breakfast, After-School Snack, and Summer Feeding Program. Three elementary school sites (Dick Scobee, Gildo Rey, and Pioneer) participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
· provide nutritious meals throughout the summer at several sites in the district community (Auburn, Pacific, and Algona). Our Summer Food Service Program is one of the most comprehensive in the state.
Meals are based on a cycle menu and are analyzed by USDA regulations, cost, production, and nutrition. A variety of breakfast and lunch options (hot and cold) are available each day. Menus are developed within federal and state guidelines that govern our program and are based on the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act 2010.”
The Child Nutrition department is the “voice” of good nutrition in the schools. Nutrition information is shared with students on menus, in the lunchroom, and in classrooms. We are enthusiastic about two-way communication and take pride in being a department that is known to be helpful and supportive. To assure that our webpage is a valuable resource people will use time and time again, we ask you let us know if you come across any broken links. Anytime you have questions or concerns regarding the program, the Child Nutrition Assistant Director or Coordinator should be contacted directly (253-931-4972).
Assistant Director, Carol Barker
Coordinator,Janis Campbell-Aikens, RD