Menus

 

What is Offer vs. Serve?

All LCPS Schools participate in Offer vs. Serve. Offer vs. Serve allows students to select three of five meal components; one of the three components must be a ½ cup of fruit or vegetable. This option gives the student the ability to make their own food choices, which leads to a satisfied dining experience and less food waste.

 

What constitutes a Reimbursable Meal at Lunch?

A reimbursable meal at lunch requires that a student select a minimum of three of five meal components (Meat/Meat alternate, Grain, Fruit, Vegetable and Milk); one of the three components must be a ½ cup of fruit or vegetable.

 

What constitutes a Reimbursable Meal at Breakfast?

A reimbursable meal at breakfast requires that a student select a minimum of three of four meal items (Two Grains, Fruit/Fruit Juice or Vegetable/Vegetable Juice and Milk); one of the three items must be a ½ cup of fruit or vegetable.

 

Does LCPS offer breakfast at every school?

Yes. All LCPS schools serve breakfast. To ensure all students have easy access to breakfast, multiple options are available; which may include grab and go, breakfast in the classroom, breakfast after the bell, as well as breakfast in the cafeteria.

As of the 2020-2021 school year, breakfast menus are the same at elementary and secondary schools at no charge.

 

What determines if a school provides a hot or cold breakfast?

A school either offers breakfast in the classroom (BIC), Traditional breakfast in the cafeteria, or a combination. Storage space, school building designs, and staffing all determine if a school offers hot or cold breakfast in the classroom. Traditional breakfast schools currently offer hot breakfast 3-5 times per week.

As of the 2020-2021 school year, breakfast menus are the same at elementary and secondary schools at no charge.

 

I feel that my child’s breakfast meals contain too much sugar and too many carbs. How can this be addressed?

Carbohydrates are the most readily available source of energy, and a great option for children especially in the morning. A limited quantity of sugar in the blood stream is necessary to stimulate brain function and enhance concentration. That is precisely why our choice of breakfast cereal contains whole-grains and reduced sugar.

 

Are you taking steps to provide more fresh, as opposed to frozen food?

LCPS currently offers fresh fruits and/or fresh vegetables on the breakfast and lunch menu daily.  The selection varies by site.

 

How come the younger children (K-5) receive the same portions as the middle school students (6-8)?

USDA allows the School Food Authority (SFA) to select the most appropriate meal pattern to meet the district’s needs. LCPS has many schools with combination grades (K-5, K-8, K-12). Therefore, School Nutrition Services has opted to utilize one “overlapping” K-8 meal pattern, for all elementary students. Older students can always purchase additional food items from the a la carte menu, as long as they have money on their meal accounts.

 

What entities regulate LCPS School Nutrition Programs?

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and Loudoun County Health Department.

How are changes in the menu determined?

Menus are always subject to change. Things that affect menus changes include: product availability, quality of food, individual school circumstances, and factors beyond our control, i.e. global weather conditions that may affect produce.

 

Who prepares the meals?

A School Nutrition Manager Manager, Floating Manager and/or a staff of School Nutrition employees prepare and serve meals daily. We have a team of over 350 members who proudly prepare the meals each day. 

 

Where does the food come from?

School Nutrition Services works with a Prime Vendor, Merchants Grocery. Like local grocery stores, food comes from a variety of suppliers/manufacturers throughout the nation. Whenever possible food is purchased within a 200- 250 mile radius of the district, such as bread (Schmidt Bakery) and dairy (Lehigh Farms). Local purchases also include produce, like apples, lettuce, watermelon and broccoli when they are in season. 

All of our vendors must go through the official LCPS bid process. For more information on this process and to view current food bids, please visit www.lcps.org