Seymour Schools Food Service
Welcome to Seymour Community Schools Food Service Department where good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.
Our Food Services 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 schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We are proud to provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
At Seymour Community Schools, breakfast and lunch are served in each building.
National School Lunch Program
Seymour Community Schools is part of the National School Lunch Program which is a federal program administered by USDA. The regulations and guidelines governing the school meal program are not set locally, but by the United States Department of Agriculture. The meal pattern includes serving certain serving sizes of 5 meal components:
|Milk||8 ozs.||Fat free or Low-fat|
|Protein||1-2 ozs. per day with a weekly requirement||Meat, fish, poultry, cheese (Breakfast combines protein and bread/grain, may serve either or both)|
|Bread or Grain||1-2 ozs. per day with a weekly requirement||Must be at least 51% whole grain to be counted.|
|Vegetable||1/2 to 1 cup per day depending on grade level||Requirements include the types of vegetables served. Red/Orange, Dark Green, Starchy, Peas, Beans, or Legumes. Must be served each week at correct serving sizes.|
|Fruits||1/2 to 1 cup per day depending on grade level||Not more than ½ can be juice.|
Offer Vs. Serve
At Seymour Community Schools we have implemented "offer versus serve" (OVS). Offer versus serve is a concept that applies to menu planning and the meal service. OVS allows students to decline some of the food offered in a reimbursable lunch or breakfast. The goals of OVS are to reduce food waste and to permit students to choose the foods they want to eat. During breakfast and lunch, students can have all components or can choose 3 or 4 at breakfast or 3, 4 or 5 at lunch. One choice must be a fruit or vegetable.
To learn more about lunch line choices and what constitutes a meal, read Understanding a Lunch Line: A Parent's Guide.
In addition to Offer vs. Serve, many of our schools now offer a Sharing Table. The Sharing Table is a place where students can place unopened food and drinks that they choose not to eat or drink. This provides an opportunity for other students to take additional helpings of food or beverages from the Sharing Table at no cost to them. To learn more about how the Sharing Table works, click here. For information in Spanish, click here.