Child Nutrition

Coming this Fall! School Year 21-22!

School Meals offered at no cost to students!

School meals (breakfast & lunch) will be served at no cost to students for the 21-22 school year. Pre K-5 can order their meals from their teacher and meals are served in their classroom. Middle School & High School can come to the dining hall, at meal time, and pick theirs up.

Please take advantage of this program! It's here to benefit our families and our local economy!

Last year's Meal Applications that were approved qualified for Summer 2021 P-EBT. Cards were loaded between 7/12 - 16 with $375 for summer meals.

Please consider filling out a School Meal Application for the 21-22 school year. Meal applications will be sent home the first day of school with the menus. You can also apply through SkyWard Family Access (Instructions here) or find the application on this Website under applications.

Sept Pre K-8 Menu.pdf
Child Nutrition Program 21-22

Positive Changes

Our food distributor changed and they replaced our jam with a jelly that had the first ingredient of high fructose corn syrup and the second ingredient was juice. We replaced it with this great freezer jam that uses real sugar and fruit. The flavor is so much better and it's a healthier product.

More and more studies are coming out about how bad vegetable oils are for our bodies. Olive oil on the other hand is a very healthy oil. As soon as we are out of our current supply of vegetable oil we will be making the switch to 100% olive oil.

Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, has strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

The antioxidants in olive oil have anti-cancer properties (they fight free radicals) and may prevent other chronic diseases.

Inflammation in the body can increase the risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer's, and heart disease. Olive oil can reduce inflammation with the antioxidants that it contains.

The antibacterial properties of olive oil can help prevent stomach ulcers & stomach cancers.

Other healthy oils to use are Coconut and Avocado oil.

Even though the costs of these products are quite a bit more (over 2 1/2 times and over 2 times respectively) we believe better foods equal better health. We're striving to provide the healthiest meals that our kids will eat

Students Can “Score Big” with School Breakfast

National School Breakfast Week Campaign Encourages Students to Try School Breakfast

To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, Onalaska School District will celebrate National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) during March 8-12, 2021.

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. Fortunately, Onalaska schools offer nutritious school breakfasts, complete with fruit and low-fat milk, to ensure students are fueled for learning every school day. School Breakfast is served in the classrooms every school day for Pre K – 5th grades and is available in the Cafeteria, Commons & High School Library Buildings for Middle & High school students. This school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is allowing all children to receive school breakfast and lunch for free, without an application, so it’s a great time for families to give school breakfast a try.

The NSBW campaign theme, “Score Big with School Breakfast,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:

· Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math

· Score higher on standardized tests

· Have better concentration and memory

· Be more alert

· Maintain a healthy weight

A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is a great way to ensure students get the best education they can.

And children who eat school breakfast are more likely to get the vitamins, minerals & fiber they need to grow & be healthy.

The “Score Big with School Breakfast” campaign is made possible by the School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s®.

Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk using the hashtag #NSBW21.

For more information about Onalaska’s school meals, visit https://foodservice.onysd.wednet.edu/home or www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.

About National School Breakfast Week

National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program, a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions since 1975.

About Us

The Onalaska School Food Service is operated by the school district, for the children, under a federal grant. The district operates its own food service to provide great meals to kids in a fiscally responsible way. This allows the cooks to make a lot of the food from scratch. Giving them more control over the sodium, fat, and fiber contents of each meal. Some of the items made from scratch are Pizza, sloppy joes, spaghetti, all soups, baked beans, refried beans, Mexican black beans, rolls, cookies, teriyaki and, General Tso chicken, logger nachos (meat & cheese sauce), BBQ Chicken, quesadillas and chef salads. We offer vegetables and a variety of fruits every day. Whole grain products are available every day. All of the meals are planned to meet the RDAs for the students we feed.

If you have any questions or comments about our food program, please contact me at jcarlson@onysd.wednet.edu

Jerry Carlson

Food Services Director

January 11, 2021

Washington State University and the University of Washington are collecting information about food access during the pandemic.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and will ask questions about health, food access, and economic needs.

The goal is to learn more about how individuals, families, and communities are handling economic and food disruptions due to the pandemic. Washington State residents who are 18 years or older may participate.

Families can access the survey here.

October 29, 2020

No-Cost Internet Service from OSPI & Presidio.

OSPI has teamed up with Presido internet to offer "NO COST INTERNET" to Free and Reduced families through June 2021. OSPI will cover the costs of internet connectivity for eligible students for the remainder of the 2020–21 school year.

English enrollment form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FreeSchoolInternetWA

Spanish enrollment form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/InternetGratisEscolarWA

Referral Code: WA2020

Deadline to apply: December 31, 2020

If you have questions, please contact the Onalaska School District IT department.


"Try it Day" Sugar Snap Peas

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold, pease porridge in the pot nine days old. Some like it hot, some like it cold, some like it in the pot, nine days old.

Mother Goose is said to have penned Pease Porridge Hot but the original author is not known for sure. Pease is a porridge made of peas. A porridge is usually a breakfast dish made from boiling a chopped starchy vegetable in water or milk.

We aren't serving porridge today but we are serving Sugar Snap Peas. The pea pods are edible or the kids can shell them if they don't care for the pods.

Peas have the carotenoid phytonutrients lutein & zeaxanthin that promote vision & eye health. Green peas are also an anti-inflammatory food which can help lower the risk of all kinds of health problems like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and arthritis.

For more detailed information visit The World's Healthiest Foods (www.whfoods.org).

Free School Meals Delivery ends October 12th

Dear Families,

With Elementary and High School students starting school on Monday, October 12th, we will need to cancel meal deliveries. We are sad to see this part of the program end but we are excited to see our kids back in school! Free meals for All kids will be available for children attending school and for pick up for those not attending.

Thank you for allowing us this opportunity to serve meals to your children! We hope you have a great school year!

Jerry Carlson

Onalaska Child Nutrition

540 Carlisle Ave

Onalaska, WA 98570

Please help out our Schools & our Community.

Even though Free School Meals for All Kids has been extended through the 20-21 school year, funding for some of our school & community programs is in jeopardy. Funding for some of these programs is based on the number of Free & Reduced-priced meal applications approved by 10/31. If you think your children may qualify for Free or Reduced-priced meals please consider filling out a meal application. There's an income chart below. Thank you!

OnLine Meal Applications Instructions.docx



  • If your total household income is the same or less than the amounts on the Income Eligibility Chart below, your child(ren) are eligible to receive free or reduced price meals.

  • If anyone in your household (other than a foster child) has a case number for: Basic Food, FDPIR, or TANF, all children will qualify for free meals. Please fill out an application and list the case number.

  • Foster children who are the legal responsibility of the Department of Social Services or court are eligible to receive free meals.

  • Children certified as homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible to receive free meals. Please contact, our Homeless Liaison at 360-978-4111 option 1.



July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021


School Lunch - Healthy Choices Everyday!

School Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Teriyaki Beef, Chef Salad or PB&J with Buttered Broccoli, Cauliflower, Coleslaw, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Apricots, Peaches, Pears, Raisins, Fresh Baked Cinnamon Roll & Milk. My healthy choice kids!

TEDx Talk - Abby Miller - Impact of School Meals

Our Free Meals for All Kids program is closed for the month of August. Here are some resources to find Free Meals for Kids in other areas:

- No Kid Hungry Texting Line - Text "Food" or "Comida" to 877-877 to find free summer meals near you.

- No Kid Hungry Meal Site Locator - https://www.nokidhungry.org/find-free-meals

- USDA Summer Meals Hotline at 1-866-348-6479.

- USDA Summer meals finder at www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

TwinStar Donates $2,000.00 to pay off unpaid school meal account balances.

TwinStar Community Foundations donated $2,000.00 to pay off Onalaska's unpaid school meal account balances. TwinStar said, "We recognize that now more than ever, schools play a vital role in making sure students are fed when they're at school (and sometimes beyond). It is for this reason that the Foundation would like to make a donation to pay down your elementary school lunch debt. "

TwinStar's Community Foundation began in 2015. Not only do they offer scholarships for continued education and classroom grants for teachers, but they have also adopted the mission of Well-Fed Kids Create Well Fed-Minds. In the last two school years, they have paid off $82,000 in school lunch debt within the communities they serve.

Thank you TwinStar for helping us provide nutritious meals to prepare children for learning every day!

#ExperienceTwinStar #TwinStarCares

March is National Nutrition Month!

This is a good time to re-evaluate how you fuel your body. Is what your eating working for your physical and mental goals? Are you building your body up or wearing it down with the foods you consume?

I'm personally working on my protein consumption and my water intake. I have a hard time eating enough protein so I'm tracking it on a macro calculator. Protein is one of the macros (macro-nutrients). Macros are the 3 food categories that all food falls into; Protein, Carbohydrates & Fats. Everyone should find out from a trusted source what their macro consumption should be for their body goals and lifestyle. Registered dietitians are good sources. You can find out about tracking macros and a free macros calculator here My Fitness Pal.

For my water intake, I've had a bad habit of drinking coffee instead of water. So I'm working on drinking a full glass of water before I have coffee and I'm limiting myself to one cup of coffee on workdays.

Our bodies work hard for us. Make sure you are giving your body what it needs. For more info check out Eating right for your lifestyle and Eat Right with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

Grandparents Day Luncheon

Grandparents Day Luncheon was on November 20, 2019. The great pre-Thanksgiving meal included Turkey Dressing Casserole, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Buttered Green Beans, Carrot Sticks, Assorted Fruit, Apple Crisp & Milk. Wonderful live music was provided by our own Onalaska High School students. We had a great turnout and it was wonderful to see the kids grandparents!

Pandemic-EBT Cards are coming!

It's important that the school has your correct mailing address on file. More details are in the photos below.

You can still turn in school meal applications to get qualified for future P-EBT funds. This could be extremely helpful if your child is in a hybrid school (purple & gold days, A & B days, etc.). If you are already approved for Free or Reduced Priced Meals, you are already qualified for the P-EBT Cards and do not need to reapply. School Meal Applications are available at http://foodservice.onysd.wednet.edu