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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.
We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
We hope that this site provides you with information and resources regarding our lunch program. Nutrition plays a vital role in our program as well as the lives of the children we are serving, so nutritional and allergen information of the foods served are now available to you via our website. We encourage you to explore the site and utilize all the resources available.
Dear parents of AHSD 25
Dear District 25 Families,
My name is Coletta Hines Newell and I am the Director of the Food and Nutrition Department in the District. It is my responsibility to work to provide a program that meets the needs of all families. I am a nutritionist and school nutrition specialist. It is my goal to provide nutritious foods that children enjoy eating while providing meals that meet the USDA meal program guidelines.
I want to take this opportunity at the beginning of the school year to share some information about our program. The meal program in District 25 provides balanced meals containing healthy protein, whole grains, low fat milk, and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. While we have minimal scratch cooking (due to student acceptance levels), we partner with manufacturers both small and large that are able to provide products that meet nutritional specifications. As a secondary procurement goal, in addition to meeting the nutritional standards of the USDA, we are continually identifying foods that meet the current market needs (Local, GMO free, no artificial colors or flavors, clean label, antibiotic free, etc.). As these products become available, we work to integrate them into menus as both operationally and financially feasible.
Some of the nutritional features of our menu this coming school year include:
- All milk and yogurt produced from r-BST free cows
- Yogurt is made with all natural and non-GMO ingredients
- All-natural beef hot dog free of added nitrates
- Clean label 100% beef burger containing only beef and water
- Mini maple pancakes and waffles free of artificial colors or flavors
- French toast sticks free of HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup)
- Chicken products made with whole muscle chicken
Meals at the Middle Schools are prepared at an onsite kitchen. All foods served at the elementary schools are cooked daily and sent to the school from a Middle School kitchen. In the absence of full kitchens in District 25 elementary schools, this type of service has been successful over the past several years. If you have any further questions about the programs offered, please visit our website at sd25.org or contact me at CHinesNewell@sd25.org.
Coletta Hines Newell, SNS
Director of Food & Nutrition Services