Hot Lunches are prepared each day in our kitchen by our dedicated kitchen staff under the auspices of the Archidiocesan Hot Lunch Program. A well-rounded meal that is consistent with federal nutritional guidelines is provided to the students on a pre-order basis. A la carte items and drinks are also available for purchase each day. Check back frequently for updated calendars and order forms.
*** FREE/REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE SCHOOL OFFICE ***
Archdiocese of Detroit School Foods Program
As required by law, the Archdiocese of Detroit School Foods Program establishes the following wellness policy.
The Archdiocese of Detroit School Foods Program recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of students. Furthermore, research concludes that there is a positive correlation between a student's health and wellbeing and his/her ability to learn. Moreover, schools can play an important role in the developmental process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks through the schools' meal programs, by supporting the development of good eating habits, and by promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.
The Archdiocese of Detroit, however, believes this effort to support the students' development of healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise cannot be accomplished by the school alone. It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also parents and the public at large, to be involved in a community-wide effort to promote, support, and model such healthy behaviors and habits.
The Schools sets the following goals in an effort to enable students to establish good health and nutrition habits:
- With regard to nutrition education
- Nutrition education shall include enjoyable, developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, and others.
- Nutrition education shall extend beyond the classroom by engaging and involving the school's food service staff.
- Nutrition education posters, such as the Food Plate Guide, will be -displayed in the lunchroom.
- With regard to physical activity
- A sequential, comprehensive physical education program shall be provided for students in K-12 in accordance with the standards established ·by the State of Michigan.
- Physical education classes shall provide students with opportunities to learn, practice, and be assessed on developmentally appropriate motor skills and social skills, as well as knowledge.
- A properly certificated, highly qualified teacher shall provide all instruction in physical education.
- Planned instruction in physical education shall promote participation in physical activity outside the regular school day.
- Physical activity and movement shall be integrated, when possible, across the curricula and throughout the school day.
- Schools shall encourage families to provide physical activity outside the regular school day, such.as outdoor play at home, participation in sports sponsored by each school, the community swimming; or tennis.
- With regard to other school-based activities:
- The schools shall provide attractive, clean environments in which the students eat.
- Activities, such as tutoring or meetings, shall not be scheduled during mealtimes, unless students may eat during those meetings.
- Students, parents, and. other community members shall have access to, and be encouraged to use, the school's outdoor physical activity facilities outside the normal school day.
- Students are discouraged from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during mealtimes, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some students' diets.
Furthermore, with the objectives of enhancing student health and well-being, and reducing childhood obesity the following guidelines are established.
- In accordance with Policy 8500, entitled Food Service, the food service program shall comply with Federal and State regulations pertaining to the selection, preparation, consumption, and disposal of food and beverages as well as to the fiscal management of the program.
- As set forth in Policy 8531, entitled Free and Reduced Price Meals, the guidelines for reimbursable school meals are not less restrictive than the guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
- The food service program will provide all students affordable access to the varied and nutritious foods they need to be healthy and to learn well.
- Nutrition information for foods available during the school day shall be readily available.
- The food service program shall be administered by a director who is properly qualified, certificated, licensed, or credentialed, according to current professional standard.
- Continuing professional development shall be provided for all staff of the food service program
The School Administrators shall develop administrative guidelines necessary to implement this policy, including, but not limited to, the manner in which the implementation of this policy shall be regularly evaluated by the Principal. The Food Service Director is the individual charged with operational responsibility for verifying that the school meets the goals established in this policy. The Principal shall-report on the-School’s compliance with this-policy and the progress toward achieving the goals set forth herein when requested to do so.
Healthy School Snacks
Serving health snacks to children is important to providing good nutrition, supporting lifelong healthy eating habits, and helping to prevent costly and potentially-disabling diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. Snacks play a major and growing role in children’s diets. Between 1977 and 1996, the number of calories that children consumed from snacks increased by 120 calories per day.
Below are ideas for teachers, caregivers, program directors,
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and parents for serving healthy snacks and beverages to
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vote for their favorite snacks
Most of the snacks served to children should be fruits and vegetables, since most kids do not eat the recommended five to thirteen servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Eating fruits and vegetables lowers the risk of heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure. Fruits and vegetables also contain important nutrients like vitamins A and C and fiber.
Serving fresh fruits and vegetables can seem challenging. However, good planning and the growing number of shelf-stable fruits and vegetable products on the market make it easier. Though some think fruits and vegetables are costly snacks, they are actually less costly than many other less-healthful snacks on a per-serving basis. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average cost of a serving of fruit or vegetable (all types – fresh, frozen and canned) is 25 cents per serving. This is a good deal compared with a 69 cent single-serve bag of potato chips or an 80 cent candy bar. Try lots of different fruits and vegetables and prepare them in various ways to find out what you kids like best.
Fruit is naturally sweet, so most kids love it. Fruit can be served whole, sliced, cut in half, cubed, or in wedges. Canned, frozen, and dried fruits often need little preparation.
Apples (it can be helpful to use an apple corer) Mandarin Oranges
Grapes (red, green, or purple) Raspberries
Honeydew Melon Strawberries
Kiwis (cut in half and give child a spoon to eat it) Tangerines
Applesauce (Unsweetened), Fruit Cups, and Canned Fruit – These have a long shelf life and are low-cost, easy, and healthy if canned in juice or light syrup. Examples of unsweetened applesauce include Mott’s Natural Style and Mott’s Healthy Harvest line. Dole and Del Monte offer a variety of single-serve fruit bowls.
Dried Fruit – Try raisins, apricots, apples, cranberries, pineapple, papaya, and others with little or no added sugars.
Frozen Fruit – Try freezing grapes or buy frozen blueberries, strawberries, peaches, mangoes, and melon.
Fruit Leathers – Some brands of fruit snacks are more like candy than fruit, and should be avoided due to their high content of added sugars and lack of fruit. Brands to
include Fruit Rollups, Farley’s Fruit Snacks, Sunkist Fruit Gems, Starburst Fruit Chews, Mamba Fruit Chews, Jolly Rancher Fruit Chews, Original Fruit Skittles, and Amazing’ Fruit Gummy Bears. Try Natural Value Fruit Leathers and Stretch Island Fruit Leathers, which come in a variety of flavors and don’t have added sugars.
Fruit Salad – Get kids to help make a fruit salad. Use a variety of colored fruits to add to the appeal.
Smoothies – Blend fruit with juice, yogurt or milk, and ice. Many store-made smoothies have added sugars and are not healthy choices.
Deliveries – Deliveries of fresh fruit or platters of cut-up fruit are a convenient option offered by some
local grocery stores.
Vegetables can be served raw with dip or salad dressing:
Broccoli Peppers (green, red or yellow) Tomato slices
Carrot sticks or baby carrots Snap peas grape or cherry tomatoes
Cauliflower Snow peas yellow summer squash
Celery sticks String beans Zucchini slices
Dips – Try low-fat salad dressings, like fat-free Ranch or Thousand Island, store bought light dips, bean dips, guacamole, hummus (which comes in dozens of flavors), salsa, or peanut butter.
Salad – Make a salad or set out veggies like a salad bar and let the kids build their own salads.
Soy – Edamame (pronounced “ed-dah-Mah-may”) are fun to eat and easy to serve. (Heat frozen edamame in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes.)
Veggie Pockets – Cut whole wheat pitas in half and let kids add veggies with dressing or hummus.
Ants on a Log – Let kids spread peanut butter on celery (with a plastic knife) and add raisins.
Healthy Grains (Bread, crackers, cereals, etc.)
Though most kids eat plenty of grain products, too many of those grains are cookies, snack cakes, sugary cereals, Rice Krispy treats, and other refried
that are high in sugars or fat. Try to serve mostly whole grains, which provide more fiver, vitamins, and minerals than refried grains. In addition, try to keep the added sugars to less than 35% by weight
and the saturated and trans fat low (i.e., less than 10% of calories, or about one gram or less per serving.
Note: Cookies, snack cakes, and chips should be saved for
occasional treats, given their poor nutritional quality.
Whole Wheat English Muffins, Pita, or Tortillas – Stuff them with veggies or dip them in hummus or bean dip.
If a food manufacturer fails to provide the added sugars content of a food item, use the percentage of weight from total sugars (in place of the percentage of weight from added sugars), and exempt fruits, vegetables and dairy foods from the total sugar limit.
To calculate % sugars by weight for a food item, look at the Nutrition Facts label and divide the grams or sugars by the gram weight of one serving of the product and multiply the number by 100.
Breakfast Cereal - Either dry or with low-fat milk, whole grain cereals like Cheerios, Grape-Nuts, Raisin Bran, Frosted Mini Wheats, and Wheaties make good snacks, Look for cereals with no more the 35% added sugars by weight
(or roughly 8 grams of sugar per serving).
Crackers – Whole-grain crackers like Triscuits, which come in different flavors or thin crisp (or similar woven wheat crackers), Kalvi Rye crackers, or whole wheat Matzos can be served alone or with toppings, like low-fat cheese, peanut butter, or low-fat, reduced sodium luncheon meat.
Rice Cakes – Look for rice cakes made from brown (whole grain) rice. They come in many flavors, and can be served with or without toppings.
Popcorn – Look for low-fat popcorn in a bag or microwave popcorn. Or you can air pop the popcorn and season it. (e.g. – by spraying it with vegetable oil spray and adding parmesan cheese, garlic powder, or other non-salt spices.
Baked Tortilla Chips – Baked tortilla chips are usually low in fat, and taste great with salsa and/or bean dip. Look for brands with less sodium.
Granola and Cereal Bars – Look for whole grain granola bars that are low in fat and sugars, like Barbara’s Granola Bars (cinnamon raisin, oats and honey, and carob chip flavors). Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (cinnamon, oats ‘n honey, maple brown sugar, and peanut butter flavors), Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bars (fruit and nut flavor), and Quaker Chewy Granola Bar (peanut butter and chocolate chunk flavor).
Pretzels, Breadsticks and Flatbreads – These low-fat items can be offered as snacks now and then. However, most of these snacks are not whole grain and most pretzels are high in salt.
Low-Fat Dairy Foods
Dairy foods are a great source of calcium, which can help to build strong bones. However, dairy products also are the biggest sources of artery-clogging saturated fat in kids diets. To protect children’s bones and hearts, make sure all dairy foods served a low-fat or fat-free.
Yogurt – Look for brands that are low-fat or fat-free, moderate in sugars (no more than about 30 grams of sugars in a 6-oz. cup). Examples include Danimals Drinkable Low-Fat Yogurt, Go-Gurt by Yoplait or cups of low-fat or non-fat yogurt from Stonyfield Farm, Dannon, Horizon and similar store brands. Low-fat or non-fat yogurt also can be served with fresh or frozen fruit or low-fat granola.
Low-Fat Cheese – Cheese provides calcium, but often its saturated fat price tag is too high. Cheese is the number two source of heart-damaging saturated fat in children’s diets. Even with low-fat and reduced-fat cheese, be sure to serve with other foods like fruit, vegetables, or whole grain crackers. Choose reduced-fat cheeses like Trader Joe’s Armenian Style Braided; Borden or Sargento Light Mozzarella string cheese; Frigo Light Cheese Heads; Kraft Twisted-Ums; Polly-O Twisterellas; the Laughing Cow’s Light Original Mini Babybel; or Cabot 50% Light Vermont Cheddar.
Low-Fat Pudding and Frozen Yogurt – Low-fat or fat-free pudding and frozen yogurt should be served only as occasional treats, because they are high in added sugars.
Other Snack Ideas
Nuts – Since Nuts are high in calories,
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Trail Mix – Trail mixes are easy to make and store well in a sealed container. Items to include: low-fat granola, whole grain cereals, peanuts, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and dried fruits like raisins, apricots, apples, pineapple, or cranberries.
Luncheon Meat – Choose lower-fat, reduced-sodium brands or turkey, ham and roast beef and serve with whole wheat bread, pita, tortillas (as a wrap sandwich), or crackers. Cut sandwiches in half to make snack-sized portions.
Water –Water should be the main drink served to kids at snack times. Water satisfies thirst
and does not have sugar or calories. (Plus, it is low cost for care-givers!)
If kids are used to getting sweetened beverages at snack times,
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it may take a little time for them to get used to drinking water.
main drink served to
kids at snack times.
Seltzer – Carbonated drinks like seltzer, sparkling water, and club soda are healthy options. They do not contain the sugars, calories, and caffeine of sodas. Serve them alone or try making “healthy sodas” by mixing them with equal amounts of 1005 fruit juice.
Low-Fat and Fat Free Milk – Milk provides key nutrients, such as calcium
and vitamin D. Choose fat-free (skim) or low-fat (1%) milk to avoid
the heart damaging saturated fat found in whole and 2% (reduced-fat) milk. It is best to serve fat-free versions of chocolate, strawberry, or other flavored milks to help balance the extra calories coming from added sugars. Single serve containers of chocolate or other flavored whole or 2% milk drinks can be too high in calories (400-550 calories and saturated fat (1/3 of a day’s worth) to be a healthy beverage for kids.
Soy and Rice Drinks – For children who prefer not to drink cow’s milk, calcium fortified soy and rice drinks are good choices.
Fruit Juices – Try to buy 100% fruit juice and avoid the added sugars of juice drinks, punches, fruit cocktail drinks or lemonade. Drinks that contain at least 50% juice and no additional caloric sweeteners are also healthful options. To find 100% juice, look at beverage nutrition labels for the percentage of the beverage that is juice. Orange, grapefruit, and pineapple juices are more nutrient-dense and are healthier than apple, grape and pear juices. (See “Orange You Glad?” chart) Many beverages like Capri Sun, V8 Splash, Tropicana Twister, Sunny Delight, Kool Aid Jammers, Hi-C, or juice drinks from Very Fine, Welch’s or Snapple are easily mistaken for juice. However, those beverages are more like soda than juice – they are merely sugar water with a few tablespoons of added juice.
Fruit juice can be rich in vitamins, minerals and cancer fighting compounds. However, it is high in calories. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children ages 1-6 years old drink no more than 6 ounces (one serving) of juice a day and children 7-18 years old drink no more than 12 ounces (two servings) of juice a day.
A note about sugary soft drinks (soda, sweetened tea, lemonade, and juice drinks): Children who drink more sweetened drinks consume more calories and are more likely to be overweight than kids who drink fewer soft drinks. Soft drinks also displace healthful foods in kids’ diets like milk, which can help prevent osteoporosis, and 100% juice, which can help prevent hear disease and cancer. In addition, soda pop can cause dental cavities and tooth decay.