One of the most important ways in which we can help our students perform better in their classrooms is to provide the nutrition necessary for the healthy growth of their minds and bodies. That’s why the Liberty Central School District serves free meals – lunch and breakfast – to all students, regardless of income status. A letter announcing the free lunch and breakfast program is sent home with students at the start of the school year.
Staff and students alike enjoy the benefits of fresh vegetables and fruits in our cafeteria, thanks to our salad bars that feature romaine lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, chicken and beans as well as cheese and bread. The Food Services Department goes through approximately 160 pounds of lettuce, 100 pounds of grapes, 48 pounds of broccoli florets, 75 pounds of tomatoes and 12 watermelons each week.
Over weekends and long breaks, students who experience food insecurity are sent home with a pack full of healthy meals through the district’s Snack Pack Program. For more information or to make a donation to the Snack Pack Program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Breakfast Procedures
Breakfast as a part of the morning school day is a great way to reach students who do not have the opportunity to eat before school. Every morning, free breakfast is served in the classrooms of Liberty Elementary and Middle School and in the Liberty High School cafeteria. (Breakfast is not be served when there is a delayed opening.)
Nutritious breakfasts and lunches are planned on a weekly and monthly cycle, respectively. They include a hot or cold entrée, juice or fruit, and milk. Menu modifications are available for studednts with a documented medical condition. Requests for special diets should be initiated with the school nurse. Documentation from a licensed physician may be required. Students are not forced to participate; they do not have to take a meal.
Breakfast in the classroom at Liberty Elementary and Middle School
Breakfast is packed in an insulated rolling bag and delivered from the cafeteria by food service staff and taken into each classroom. Placemats are put on each student’s desk. Each food item is placed on each desk. All students are given the opportunity to enjoy breakfast quietly at their desks while the teacher conducts attendance and they listen to morning announcements.
Dry disposable towels are available for spills and moist towels are available to clean desks. Trash and food bags are collected by food service staff when breakfast is over (10-15 minutes.) Meals will not be available after first period.
Breakfast in the cafeteria at Liberty High School
All students have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast quietly inside the cafeteria before the morning bell. Students are asked to dispose any remaining food or trash before heading to homeroom.