Food Services

April 2021 Update

It is now official that the Elementary schools will be going back to five day in-person school starting next week. This change will not allow us to serve the distance learning meals like we have since school started. However, in the April newsletter we have attempted to explain how things will work for the rest of the year. If you have any questions, please let us know. I want to make sure to point out that we are still able to give seven days of meals to all children 1-18 years old. This means that even if your student is in school five days a week, you can still pick up the 2-day weekend meal sack, whether you are picking up for siblings, homeschoolers or 100% distance learners. Updated DLI order forms are listed below.

Updated Locations for Remote Learning Meal Pickups:
CR Anderson: Same as it has been: Door #17 8-10am
HMS * New site: Back of building Door #20 9-11am
Capital High * New site: Food trailer near tennis courts 7-10am
Jim Darcy *New location– not in building: Parking lot in yellow bus 9-9:50am
Rossiter *New location– not in building: Parking lot in yellow bus 10:15-11am
Warren *New location– not in building: Parking lot in yellow bus 11:30am-12:15pm

 


Free Meals for Helena Kids Continues

We will be providing free meals for all children 1-18 years old regardless of whether they are in school or learning remotely.  Learning remotely means DLI and remote learning on days your student is not in school.  Additionally, we can provide meals to children not yet school-age or even are home schooled.  These meals will be provided weekly on Wednesdays at our eight distance learning meal distribution sites.  Each child will receive five breakfasts and five lunches.  However, families still need to use the pre-order links EACH WEEK for the remote learning pick up days.  This will help us plan for how many and where you will be picking up the meals.  If you plan on picking up meals every week for the duration of the program, you may use the Standing Order form.  These links are provided below.  We will not need student id numbers or names for this new program.

Families do not need to complete a form for the days your child is in school.

Locations for Remote Learning Meal Pickups
Four Georgians Elementary Entrance #2: 7:00am – 9:00am
CR Anderson Middle School Entrance #17: 8:00am – 10:00am
Jim Darcy Elementary Entrance #2: 8:00am – 10:00am
Rossiter Elementary Entrance #1: 8:00am – 10:00am
Smith Elementary Entrance #12: 8:30am – 10:30am
Bryant Elementary Entrance #5: 9:00am – 11:00am
Central Elementary Entrance #5: 9:00am – 11:00am
Warren Elementary Entrance #1: 9:00am – 11:00am

Free and Reduced Lunch Program

Applying for your child(ren) to receive Free and Reduced breakfast and lunch is easy and fast
To apply for Free and Reduced breakfast and lunch, please see this application packet or contact Sharon Jensen at sjensen@helenaschools.org or (406) 324-2042.

Helena Public Schools Breakfast & Lunch Program
The Helena Public Schools Breakfast and Lunch Program has always prided itself on providing nutritious and healthy meals for all Helena students. Staff members have been trained to recognize and encourage children to eat a complete well-balanced meal. While it will always be a delicate balance between what children want to eat and what the lunch program serves, we belief that we have and will continue to meet this balance by listening to our customers, guiding and training our staff and implementing all the tools at our disposal.

National School Lunch Program
The Helena Public Schools Breakfast and Lunch Program participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). As participants we must serve lunches consistent with the applicable recommendations of the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans (the Food Pyramid) including a variety of foods; a diet with plenty of grain products, vegetables and fruits; a diet moderate in sugars and salt; and a diet with 30% or less of calories from fat and less than 10% of calories from saturated fat. Additionally, lunches must provide, on average over each school week, at least 1/3 of the daily Recommended Dietary Allowances for protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. School lunches must meet Federal nutrition requirements, but decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared are made by local school food service personnel.