The mission of the School Nutrition Program is to make a significant contribution to the general well-being and learning ability of each student. This will be achieved by providing students with healthy, nutritious, appetizing and affordable meals served courteously, in a clean and pleasant dining environment.
Nutrition influences a child’s development, health, well-being and potential for learning. Each school day, the Food Service Department is charged with providing nutritious, breakfasts and lunches as well as snacks for students in organized after-school education or enrichment programs. During the summer school break period, meals are provided in designated need areas under the guidelines for the federal Summer Food Service Program for Children.
The School Nutrition program operates in accordance with the National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 as amended and regulations set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as well as other state and local laws, regulations and policies.
School Nutrition Programs are an integral part of the school environment. Food Service staff work cooperatively with administrators, school nurses, guidance, teachers, parents and students to facilitate and encourage the participation of all students in the School Nutrition Programs.
School Meals are planned according to USDA guidelines which require foods from specific food groups in specific quantities to be offered to students. Meals must follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to:
- Include a variety of foods
- Include adequate foods from the grain, vegetable and fruit groups
- Include foods low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol
- Limit foods high in sugar content
- Limit foods high in sodium
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education monitor compliance with program requirements. Program operating funds are derived from federal and state reimbursement for meals served to students, competitive grants, and student/staff payments. The United States Department of Agriculture provides food products acquired under farm support programs to supplement food purchases made at the local level. The US Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities. “The Quincy Public Schools is an equal opportunity provider”.