2015-05-29 / Community

School Nutrition Program

Martha Spencer, Director

The South Portland School Nutrition Program has a staff of very dedicated employees who work hard to ensure that students of South Portland have nutritious meals every day. The South Portland School Nutrition Program serves approximately 425 breakfasts each morning. A school breakfast consists of 1 cup of fruit, 2 grains or 1 grain and 1 protein, and 8 ounces of milk. Several different choices are available for the student each day. A student must select at least 3 items. The students select from a wide array of different 100% juices, fresh fruits, muffins, bagels, cereals, waffles, pancakes, yogurt parfaits breakfast pizza, skim white milk, low fat white milk and skim chocolate milk., Approximately 1175 lunches are served each day. A lunch consists of 2 ounces of grain, 2 ounces of protein, ½ cup of fruit, ½ cup of vegetables, and 8 ounces of milk. Elementary students are offered three entrée choices each day. One choice is a hot option such as tacos, enchiladas, breakfast for lunch, chicken alfredo, a sandwich choice of tuna salad, egg salad, ham & cheese bagel, turkey and cheese or sun butter and jelly. A third option is often a salad such as chef’s salad or chicken caesar salad or may be an additional warm choice such as chicken quesadillas, chicken stir fry or baked beans and hot dogs. A student is required to take at least ½ cup pf fruit or vegetable each day. We offer a wide variety of choices of fruits and vegetable each day. A fresh fruit and vegetable is always offered each day, along with two to three other choices. Lentils are served a minimum of once a week with many cafeterias offering them more often. Milk is always either low fat white, white skim or skim chocolate. In addition to lunch and breakfast, the School Nutrition Program offers after school snacks to students enrolled in the 21 Club at Brown and Kaler elementary schools. Students at Kaler School are also offered fresh fruits and vegetables at snack time every day. Both of these programs are at no charge to the students.

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