Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.
The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.
***NEW for 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR!***
Breakfast is available to all students at "no charge" this school year. This is to encourage all students to eat a nutritious breakfast near to the time they begin classroom studies. Research has shown that eating breakfast at school helps student's attention and concentration on school work.
Lunch is available at "no charge" to all elementary students due to a new provision of the National School Lunch and Breakfast program. Note: A textbook application is still needed to receive a waiver for textbooks.
For households with students in middle and high schools. Click link below to complete an application for free or reduced-priced meals and textbook assistance.
For households with students only in elementary schools. No application is required for meals. Click link below to complete an application for textbook assistance:
***For further information please see parent letters below:
The Child Nutrition Department of the School City of Hammond provides excellent quality meals, prepared and served in a safe, sanitary, and pleasant environment, while reinforcing healthy eating patterns for students, staff, and their families.
Menus are nutritionally analyzed with a software program called NutriKids to ensure nutritional integrity of all meals. Our menus average 30% of calories from fat (or less).
We are self-funded as we generate our own income, and pay our own operational expenses, with no reliance on local taxpayers or the school district general fund.
Approximately 98% of our employees have taken a food service sanitation course, sponsored by the National Restaurant Association, and our school cafeterias are inspected twice each year by the Lake County Health Department. We proudly say a perfect score of 100% is the norm.
Our customers include Pre-Kindergarten, Headstart, K-12 students, teachers and staff, and adult students in our adult education program. We operate year-round with breakfast, lunch, after school snacks, and a summer child nutrition program.