This school year students in grades 4-12 will have another option during lunch with the addition of a salad bar. Students will be able to add as many fruits and vegetables as they want to their lunch or they may decide to just have the salad bar.
Student participation in the food program increased last school year as the district moved to an offer versus serve method in the high school. In this method students receive three out of the five items required to create a meal that qualifies for reimbursement from the federal food program. The student is then allowed to choose as many fruits and vegetables as they like and will actually eat. In addition, elementary children last school year were given more choices in fruits and vegetables.
The Worth County R-III Food Service staff prepare and serve 16,611 breakfasts and 45,979 lunches per year, which averages 95 breakfasts and 264 lunches each day, not including adult meals. Because the district participates in the Federal Food Program, the district must meet the federal guidelines for each meal served in order to be reimbursed by the federal government. Over the past several years, the district has increased more whole grains, reduced fat and sodium, and encouraged students to eat more fruits and vegetables.
Forty-five percent of the Worth County R-III School District Food Service Program comes from Federal funding based on the district's participation in the Federal food program. Families interested in participating in the Federal (Free/Reduced Price) Food Program should complete an application available in the high school or elementary school offices.