Food Service Department
The USDA and school food authority (SFA) prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The USDA and SFA are an equal opportunity provider and employer.
The Food Service Department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students’ health, wellbeing, and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition practices. We believe good nutrition and learning go hand in hand. Well-nourished students have higher test scores, increased school attendance, improved concentration, and improved classroom behavior.
We want to keep students excited about the meals each day and we do that by providing a large variety of menu items. It is rare to see the same hot entrée more than once in a month. Our 6-8th grade menu expands even more, offering a wide variety of entrée choices daily. We are lucky to be able to cook all meals on site at each kitchen. This means fresher, higher quality meals for our students with less holding time.
The East Moline School District participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Both of these programs are governed by the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA requires that our meal programs provide healthy meals in the form of whole grain rich products, lean protein, low fat or reduced fat milk, plus a variety of fruits and vegetables.
All students have access to both breakfast and lunch for no cost. This is due to the district participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). There are many benefits in participating in this program. These include, reducing the finical burden for families, eliminating the social stigma of students receiving free lunch, more time for food service professionals to focus on preparing nutritious meals, gives students more time to eat by cutting down on time spent in the lunch line. Most importantly, CEP boosts participation in school meals ensuring more students come to class well-nourished and ready to learn.
There are only a couple of reasons why a student would have to pay for anything in food service. The first is if they purchase an extra item that is not a part of the menued meal program. The second is if a student wants a milk without getting a meal. Often times cold lunch students bring their lunch from home but want a milk. Milk is only free when combined with a meal. Milk can be purchased individually for $0.50.
The Food Service Department staff serving District 37 are dedicated to making your children’s meal experience at school a positive one and we look forward to seeing your child at breakfast or lunch. If you have any further questions about the program offered, please visit our website at emsd37.org or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can't think of a healthy snack for your child's birthday treat? Order one through the food service department. It is quick, easy, and affordable. Just click on the birthday snack form below, fill it out, and turn it into your child's school secretary.
CATCH Program Guidelines
Information on how the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Program decides which foods qualify as GO, SLOW, and WHOA.