Our purpose is to provide a safe, happy environment for your child, where they are able to be themselves and thrive; while acquiring the educational foundation needed to achieve
Each day lunch is offered in the cafeteria which includes one entrée, a salad bar, PBJ, a cheese sandwich or a veggie burger lunch. Lunch includes the entrée, appropriate side dishes, dessert and a beverage. A salad bar is offered every day except Wednesday. The salad bar includes assorted lettuces and raw vegetables, a variety of meats, cheese, egg, hot foods, fruit, breads, and other selections on a rotating basis. A salad bar lunch also includes soup (if offered), dessert and a beverage. Pizza day is every Wednesday. Throughout the year special event menus will be offered.
The menus are planned so that they are not only child friendly, but also are nutritionally balanced. A variety of menu options will be offered throughout the year to encourage exposure to new foods and foods from other cultures. Suggestions are always welcome.
A healthy snack is prepared and served each morning to preschool students.
Low-fat milk or plain water are the only beverages permitted for snack or lunch at Unity School. A choice of one of these beverages is offered with each purchased meal. Juices or flavored waters are NOT permitted. Those who would like an additional beverage with lunch or those who bring lunch from home can purchase a beverage. A super-size meal (which is a larger sized entrée) is also available for an extra fee. Lunches are billed on a monthly basis.
NUTRITION AND WELLNESS
Unity School is committed to providing an environment in which students can make healthy food choices that support academic success and lifelong health. This policy is effective during the school day.
The link between nutrition and learning is well documented. Healthy eating patterns are essential for students to achieve their full academic potential, full physical and mental growth, and lifelong health and well-being. Healthy eating increases attention, creativity, and test scores. It improves behavior and attendance. It is demonstrably linked to reduced risk for mortality and development of many chronic diseases as adults. Schools have a responsibility to help students and staff to establish and maintain lifelong, healthy eating patterns. Well-planned and well-implemented school nutrition programs have been shown to positively influence students’ eating habits.
Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the:
U.S. Dietary Guidelines for healthy eating(over 2 years old)
USDA Food Guidance System
Dietary Reference Intakes for the National Academy of Sciences
Meals served through the cafeteria will:
Be appealing and attractive
Be served in a clean and pleasant setting
Offer variety and exposure to new and different foods
Offer a variety of choices so children learn to make wise selections
Provide reasonable accommodations for religious, ethnic and cultural diversity, as well as medical food restrictions among students
Be planned to coordinate classroom curriculum with the menu to enhance nutrition education
Meal times and scheduling:
Provide students with at least 20 minutes to eat lunch
Meal periods are scheduled at appropriate times
Elementary students are scheduled recess times
Sharing of food and beverages:
Students are not permitted to share their foods and beverages with one another during meals or snack time, given concerns about allergies, sharing of pathogenic illnesses, and other restrictions with some children’s diets.
Qualifications of school Food Service staff:
A qualified nutrition professional will administer the school meal program. Appropriate training will be provided to kitchen and cafeteria workers according to their level of responsibility. All local, state, and federal regulations shall be met.
Food and beverages brought in from home, bagged lunches and snacks:
Bag lunches and snacks should make a positive contribution to the student’s diet and health. Lunches brought in from home should model the USDA Food Guidelines and be healthy and nutritious. It is suggested that snacks be planned to include foods from at least 2-3 food groups to keep energy levels high and minds alert. Snack foods should be nutrient dense, which means that each bite contributes to the child’s overall intake of healthy foods. Water and white milk are the preferred beverages. Candy, soda, and caffeinated beverages are prohibited. Chocolate as a main ingredient is prohibited unless it meets the Food and Beverage – Nutrient Standards and Guidelines.
Birthday celebrations may be honored without the service of food. Children will not be disappointed if typical party foods aren’t served in the classroom. Treats and traditional birthday cake will still be available at home.
Classrooms must limit celebrations that involve food during the school day to not more than one (1) per month. No more than one (1) treat per event. Treats distributed to children must meet the Food and Beverage – Nutrient Standards and Guidelines.
Food and beverages, especially those that do not meet the nutrition standards for food and beverages, should not be used as rewards for academic performance or good behavior, and will not be withheld as a punishment.
Foods and beverages sold individually:
Food sold in vending machines will adhere to the Food and Beverage – Nutrient Standards and Guidelines. Water is the only beverage to be sold.
Food and Beverage – Nutrient Standards and Guidelines