School nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state, and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools.
School cafeteria workers have always been essential, but their work to feed kids throughout this pandemic has shown us that they are superheroes. When schools shut down last March, with many of them still closed, teachers and administrators were able to work from home and provide online learning. Students weren’t getting the education they were used to, but there was at least an option for school to continue. Schools did their best to make technology available to all students but inequities still existed. But access to internet wasn’t the only problem:
Students and families rely on schools for food too. Since March of 2020 - April 2021 Princeton Food Service Staff have prepared and distributed more than 244,957 meals throughout the community utilizing the Book Mobile and Food Service Vans. You are the Real Superheroes!!
Thank you each and every day for your passion and commitment to our students and families!
You are not only Superheroes you are Rock Stars!!!
USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through June 2021
Effective September 2, 2020 District Wide. Please read this entire communication message. Things are constantly changing.
- Allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months. We will follow the Seamless Summer Option (SSO)
- During the COVID -19 pandemic, USDA has provided an unprecedented amount of flexibility to help schools feed through the school meal programs.
- Meal distribution - prepare meals for actual student days only. Exclude holidays, non student days and breaks.
ODE will provide updates re: Guidelines and Compliance related to the USDA Extended Free Meals for SSO thru June 2021 - subject to change what may be required.
- Free and Reduced Applications are still needed for 2020 / 2021 school year
- Household Income Summary Form for CEP locations are still needed for LH, HH, WO.
- Verification - still in question on the process of what this will look like
6 Princeton Elementary Schools selected to participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program!
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options.
Glendale, Heritage Hill, Lincoln Heights, Sharonville, Stewart, and Woodlawn for being selected for this amazing program.
Food Service Department
Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand. Children need healthy meals to learn. The Princeton City School District offers healthy meals every school day.
The Food Service 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.
Meals, foods, and beverages sold or served at our schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines.
We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
For any questions or assistance, please contact the Food Service Department at (513) 864-1023.
For the 2020-2021 School Year due to COVID-19, all meals will be served as "Grab and Go" pre-packaged items.
Each breakfast will contain:
2 grains, fruit/vegetable, and 1 milk
Each lunch will contain:
2 meat/meat alternative, 2 grains, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, and 1 milk.
*If you are sending a packed lunch, please remind your student that there will be no sharing.
As a reminder, students are not allowed to bring in food or drink items to be shared. (This includes birthday celebrations, class parties, etc)