Did you know LPS Nutrition Services is allergy aware? But what exactly does that mean?
This means that we work diligently with staff, parents and students to support those with food allergies. Nutrition services takes many different steps to help support these students. These includes:
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that products used in our kitchen have been manufactured in facilities that are free from allergens. Most of our manufacturers do not provide precautionary labeling. That type of precautionary or advisory labeling is voluntary. However, all manufacturers in the US must follow current Good Manufacturing Practices as designated by the FDA, which help ensure food safety practices and reduce the potential of cross contamination for major allergens.
If you have any questions about allergens in food items we serve, please contact Carlynn Fitzgerald (cfitzgerald[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us or 303-347-3357).
Did you know that the Nutrition Service department is self-funded? This means that the money the department earns from selling food items to students, families and staff, as well as federal and state government funding, must cover the cost of food, salary & benefits for approximately 75 employees, equipment and other operational expenses.
Nutrition Services offers daily a la carte options at all grade levels. These options will meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Smart Snack regulations and are compliant with the district's wellness guidelines. Snacks will be provided in small portions and are formulated to be reduced in fat, sugar and sodium. Examples of options include granola bars, whole grain cookies, baked chips, 100% sparkling juice, popcorn, reduced-sugar fruit snacks and ice cream. Click on the links below for nutrition and allergen information.
Families will still be able to regulate which items their student is allowed to purchase by filling out the Student Account Lunch Note form that is available below, from the kitchen manager, by contacting Nutrition Services, or at each schools’ back to school night. Students, parents and staff will not be allowed to purchase a la carte items when their account does not have adequate funds to cover the cost of the item.
These daily a la carte offerings help the department cover operational costs, including remaining competitive in the job market and the ability to offer our employees wage increases aligned with the district. Our goal is to continue to offer the best variety of healthy meals to our students daily ensuring that 100% of our students are successful.