Meal Information

2020-2021

Extended Service & Safety Precautions

We know things are looking a little different this year and want to ensure you that we are doing our part to provide some consistency in your students' day. From extra safety measures to extending meal service to ensure access, the nutrition services team is here for you and your family. Our LPS Nutrition Services team is proud to be a reliable source for healthy meals to thousands of students each day.

Safety Precautions for Food Service

  • Nutrition Services has planned and implemented extensive safety precautions for meal delivery. 
  • Staff serving meals, either at hub school locations for families or in-person in schools, will be wearing masks and face shields.
  • Staff distributing meals at hub school locations will sanitize their hands between households. 
  • Frequent hand washing will remain a part of daily protocols in schools – staff will wash hands between tasks and any time they handle a new item. 
  • Nutrition Services staff will be entering PIN numbers for students to mitigate potential germ spreading via keypads. 
  • Food that is not prepackaged will be served by a staff member to a student.
  • Students will be able to take their own prepackaged food.

Other changes Nutrition Services has made due to COVID-19 include limiting daily menu options to increase line speed and to limit waste. To help prevent cross-contamination and the spread of germs, the department also will request that students purchase items they have touched in the serving line. Please encourage your student to not sort through the milk options or touch items on the serving line that they do not intend to purchase. 

Meals at Schools

All schools Pre-K-12th grade will offer meal service in the cafeteria while students are in school. Many safety precautions have been put into place to ensure we are keeping our students and staff safe at all times. Please see the Safety Precautions for Food Service section below for additional details. Looking to see what's on the menu? Click here! Beginning October 1, 2020 all meals will be FREE for ALL students through May 2021. 

NEW for 2021! Free Weekend Meal Bags!
Elementary students may sign-up for meals by Wednesday each week. Meal bags will be distributed to students on Fridays. Check with your school's front office for details and sign up. 

Welcome Back Secondary Students to Full  Time In-Person Learning!

Secondary students can pick up a free weekend meal bag every Friday at the end of their school day. There is no sign-up required for these meals. Students can just stop by on their way out the door! These bags include 2 breakfast and 2 lunch meals. Check with your schools' front office for details on pick-up times and locations. 

TOPS Meal Information

Temporary Online Program for Students (TOPS) families will be able to get up to seven breakfasts and seven lunches for each student (schedule below). Students do not have to be present at meal pickup. Beginning October 1, 2020, ALL meals for ALL students will be FREE until May 2021.

TOPS families’ meal pickup will take place outdoors at hub schools, similar to Nutrition Services’ “Grab & Go” service over the summer. If your family has students with food allergies or sensitivities, please call Nutrition Services to make arrangements for special meals at your family’s pickup location (303-347-3357). 

TOPS families may pick up meals on Mondays or Fridays of each week. Click the link below for information on which sites are available for meal pick up (dependent on your home school). There will also be a meal distribution on Monday evenings from 4:30-5:30 PM at Littleton High School.

In the case of a school closure on a TOPS distribution day (i.e. snow day, non-student day, etc), TOPS meals will be distributed the next school day in the same location and times as usual. i.e. TOPS disribution on Monday's would be moved to Tuesday, and TOPS distribution on Friday's would be moved to the following Monday.  

Tops Meal Distribution Information

Heat at Home Instructions

Please note many of our take-home meals are meant to be reheated at home. Menu subject to change. 

Heating Instructions

Allergies

Nutrition Services is Allergy Aware

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:

  • Provide safe food handling practices to avoid cross-contamination with potential allergens.
  • At the elementary level, we do not serve any foods with peanuts or tree nuts as an ingredient.
  • At the secondary level, any items containing peanuts and tree nuts are clearly labeled and pre-packaged to prevent cross contact.
  • Our interactive menus allow you to filter out food items that contain the top 8 allergens. (Stay tuned for additional links and information on our NEW interactive menu and app.)
  • Our a la carte allergen guides (see below) identify the top 8 allergens and potential areas of cross contact during manufacturing.
  • We work closely with students and parents on developing special menus for their severe allergies. If your child has a food allergy or dietary disability, we can accommodate! Please contact the Nutrition Services Assistant Director, Carlynn Fitzgerald (cfitzgerald[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us or 303-347-3357), to discuss your student's options.
  • The Nutrition Services central office is available to help parents identify, in advance, foods that potentially contain allergens. Food service staff is not responsible for notifying a student that an item contains a certain allergen at the point of service. Students are responsible for knowing which items that they can and cannot take.

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).

A La Carte

A La Carte Offerings in LPS

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.

Beverage Nutrition Information

Beverage Allergen Information

Smart Snack Fact Sheet

Snack Nutrition Information

Snack 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.

Lunch Note Request Form

Meal Modifications

If your child has a food allergy or dietary disability, we can accommodate! Please contact the Nutrition Services Assistant Director, Carlynn Fitzgerald, to discuss your student's options.  

Carlynn Fitzgerald
cfitzgerald[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us
303-347-3357

Medical Statement for Meal Modifications

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