Food Services

September 2021

Families,

Attention all Parents!  We are proud to announce that we will be able to offer FREE Breakfast and FREE Lunch again to all students during the 2021-2022 school year.   Each school set up will be unique on how the meals will be distributed, but there will be no charges for lunches or breakfasts this next year for all students.  During this next school year, we will be able to also offer 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches once a week to siblings 1-18 years old on Wednesdays from the base kitchen starting September 8th.  Please look for the flyer on how to get meals for children not currently attending schools in the Helena School district.

Some really important things that we want to make note of:

There may be no charge for any student during this school year, but this is a perfect time to start paying off any negative balances that students may have accumulated pre-pandemic. Making small payments throughout this year will help you start the 2022-2023 school year in a much better financial position. All balances, positive and negative, follow a student from pre-school all the way to graduation with our tracking system.

We also recommend that all parents go to the district website and fill out the free and reduced application. These applications are not just for meals, they also help with other funds for school programs.

If your child is in the Online Learning Program or is not in the classroom for any other reason, please see our Meal Pickup Instructions.

If you have any questions about student accounts or balances, you can contact your students’ school office or contact the Sodexo Food Service Office at 324-2570 at any time.

Thanks
Robert Worthy, General Manager
Sodexo School Services  |  Helena Public Schools

 


 

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.