Students who eat nutritious, balanced diets are better prepared to learn and succeed in school. USD 383 Child Nutrition Department is made up of a dedicated team of nutrition and food service professionals that believe food safety is our priority. Ongoing training is provided through KSDE and all school site food service managers, leads, and primary production staff each have ten hours per year of continuing education on professional standards. The food service staff support learning by providing access to healthy, affordable meals to students in each school building. Meals are designed to provide variety and assist in developing life-long healthy eating habits. Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand!
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- We recognize that nutrition education is an essential component of the educational process and forming lifelong healthy behaviors. Our department presents nutrition education to students in kindergarten, second grade and fourth grade using fun and interactive curriculum.
- Northview and Ogden elementary qualify for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. This program provides all children in participating schools with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day separate from breakfast and lunch at no cost to parents. The goal of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program is to:
- Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience
- Create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices
- Increase children’s knowledge of nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables
- Increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption
- Make a difference in the children's diet to impact their present and future health.
3. After School Snack Program (Super Snack). When school is out and parents are still at work, children need a safe place to be with their friends, with structured activities, and supportive adults. Afterschool programs that serve meals and snacks draw children and teenagers into constructive activities that are safe, fun, and filled with opportunities for learning. Bluemont, Lee, Northview, Ogden and Eisenhower currently participate in the At Risk After School Supper Program or “Super Snack”.
4. When school is not in session many of our elementary schools also participate in the USDA Summer Feeding Program. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to all children 1-18 years of age. This program helps the children get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow, throughout the summer months when they are out of school. During the summer of 2018 summer feeding sites included Bluemont, Lee, Northview, Ogden, Theodore Roosevelt, and East Campus.
5. In 2014-15 school year, USD 383 joined with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to continue working towards wellness goals. Find out more about the Alliance at https://www.healthiergeneration.org/take_action/schools/ If interested in joining your schools wellness team please contact your student's school for more information. View Kansas Schools' Wellness Policy Data for current wellness data.