Free Meals for All Kids (under 19)!
School meals (breakfast & lunch) are served Free to All Kids for the 20-21 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!
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.
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Cards (P-EBT) are coming. No application is needed. The Schools are reporting the data to the State. You'll want to make sure your school district has your correct mailing address.
We are hearing cards could be mailed out in late March. Benefits are planned to continue coming out every two months while schools are remote or hybrid.
The amount of money Free & Reduced Priced Families will receive will be based on the number of school meals missed. This is determined by the majority of school days missed by the majority of the students.
If you have questions, the Contact Center above is now open (1-883-518-0282).
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
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!
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!
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.
USDA CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM
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!
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!
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!