July 10, 2013
Students at all grade levels in the Wichita Public Schools will have more options in the lunch line when school begins in the fall. At the elementary level, that means students will make their own choices
and serve themselves, and it also means more menu items at all grade levels.
At elementary schools, students will have choices of items to put on their tray. For lunch, students will be offered a choice of three entrées (two hot and one cold), two choices of fruit and two choices of vegetables. The students have to take 3 – 5 items, and one of the choices must be a fruit or a vegetable.
Milk is one of the 3 – 5 items. Breakfast will also offer choices for students.
“Research shows if students choose what they eat, it is more likely that they will eat it. This not only helps students eat better, there will be less food waste,” said Nutrition Services Director Vicki Hoffman.
The system was piloted at Clark, Cloud and Gardiner Elementary Schools last year. The students liked having a choice and ate more of the food that was offered to them.
Students at all grade levels will be offered more choices for menu items this school year, including more vegetarian offerings, based on student feedback.
At elementary schools, some of the new menu items offered include a sliced turkey sandwich, chicken alfredo, breaded chicken sandwich, teriyaki chicken on brown rice, fish sticks, ham on a biscuit, garlic cheese bread and a yogurt, cheese and crackers plate.
For the middle schools and comprehensive high schools, delivery pizza with a whole grain-rich crust is once again being offered once a week. Due to the USDA’s new nutrition guidelines, delivery pizza was not a meal option last year as companies changed their products to meet the new requirements.
School-prepared pizza will be offered the other four days of the week at the high schools.
Some of the other new items offered at the secondary level include a deli sandwich, General Tso Chicken, soft chicken taco, barbecue turkey, hummus with pita bread and vegetables, and a yogurt , string
cheese and pretzel plate.
The new meal offer system will require some training for the students during the first week of school as they learn how the new system works and how to choose their own items. Students will be shown a
video that takes them through the process. The video is posted