Food Service

 

Belle Plaine Public School District Food Services contracts with Taher, Inc. to provide the breakfast and lunch programs in our school buildings. We use the Infinite Campus Parent Portal system to collect deposits to student food service accounts and to view balances and meals purchased.

District Food Service proudly prepares meals for our students and staff that are healthy and taste great. We serve meals that meet tough new federal standards, ensuring that meals are nutritious and well-balanced, while providing students with all the energy they need to succeed at school.

School meals include the following components: fruit, vegetable, protein, grain and milk.

Meals must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. School lunches will meet additional standards including:

  • Age-appropriate calorie limits

  • Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (student must take at least one serving of produce)

  • A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes

  • Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)

  • More whole grains

  • Sodium limits

We know that at times change can be hard. Some of the more apparent changes that students will see include a limit on the bread/grain items now served, stricter control on meat/meat alternate (protein) serving sizes and a wider variety of fruits and/or vegetable servings including unlimited fresh vegetable choices. With your support, we can be sure that children adopt the kind of healthful eating habits and lifestyles that will enable them to live longer, more productive lives.

Our goal is to offer food choices to students that taste good and are good for them. Menus are analyzed and designed to follow guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for calories, fat, protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C. School lunches are to provide 1/3 of the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) for healthy children. According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines 2005, moderately active teens require a total of 1,600 to 2,000 calories per day for females, and 1,800 to 2,800 calories per day for males, with no more that 30% of the total calories coming from fat. It is important to note that calorie needs vary depending on the child’s age, size, and activity level.

Our menu provides a variety of choices that accommodates the wide range of students’ tastes, as well as giving students the opportunity to try and enjoy new foods. Lunches at the middle and high schools include a main entree, choice of fruit, vegetable, bread, and milk selection.

Deposits: Deposits to your students account can be made via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

View account information: Log into the
 Infinite Campus Parent Portal to track what meals and ala carte items students purchase and to view account balances.

If you do not have access to Infinite Campus, you can 
request access here.

Application for Educational Benefits:
Click here for the application form. Applications should be returned to:
Belle Plaine District Office
Attn:  Chuck Keller
130 S Willow Street
Belle Plaine, MN  56011

Questions or more information:
Julie Ahlbrecht, Food Services Director
330 South Market Street, Belle Plaine, MN 56011

(952) 873-2414 or jahlbrecht@belleplaine.k12.mn.us

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