We thank you for the opportunity to serve your children and the trust you put in us to feed them wholesome, well balanced nutritious school meals. We care about your children's health and strive to improve our menus continuously. Your suggestions and concerns are welcome and we invite you to be involved in our school meal programs. The health issues that are occurring in our nation such as children with hypertension, diabetes and obesity are rising at alarming rates.
We encourage parents and family members to be proactive in your child's life by:
- Overseeing their eating habits and making sure they are in good physical condition,
- By getting exercise every day.
- Encourage your children to play outdoors in the fresh air and
- Teaching them to make wise choices in the food they eat.
We as a team are working to reduce the use of these items, but we need help from parents and other family members. You can do this by encouraging your children to try new unfamiliar foods, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, try whole grain menu items, and drink lower fat milks.
What is this and how does it work?
Offer versus serve is an option within the national school lunch and breakfast programs administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, which allows students to choose less than all the food items in a meal pattern.
Under the Offer verses Serve provision, students may decline up to two of the required food items offered in the reimbursable lunch, and one of the four required food items offered in the reimbursable breakfast. The item for lunch that they cannot refuse is the entree. For those who would like a vegetarian choice we will accommodate them also, but we do need to have an idea of how many students are vegetarians to meet their needs and to meet the nutrient standards planning. High schools must provide OVS method to their students. We at GCSD offer this in each school. By offering food choices, the food service programs hopes to have students save school districts money by taking only those items they know they will eat. This avoids over purchasing and extra disposal costs which indirectly affects your pocket book and ours.
Parents who choose not to purchase a school lunch must send a lunch with their children. Children who are not sent with a lunch or money to purchase a lunch will be reported to the Principal. Parents will be warned to send a lunch for their student. If the child comes to school without a lunch parents can and will be turned into DCFS for neglect of their child.
If your child has special dietary needs due to allergies or religious beliefs please submit a
Special Dietary Request Form.
"Juice will no longer be substituted for milk. Milk has to be replaced with an item of the same nutrient value. Children do not have to take a milk if they are lactose intolerant. They have 3 other choices to choose from. If we do choose to replace the milk it will depend on the cost of that item and nutrient qualifications. Parents may opt for sending a replacement with their child."
- Free and Reduced Meal Information (PDF File)
- Click HERE to see how to look up your child's lunch balance in SIS:
- Menues: High School Middle School HMK
How to pay STUDENT school meal fees online. (PDF File)
How to pay STAFF school meal fees online. (PDF File)
Click HERE to pay your school meal fees online with your credit card.