Food Services

Free Meals for Helena Kids Continues

A special note: Due to the schedule next week, we will not be offering meals on Wednesday the 20th, but we will be offering meals Thursday the 21st at the normal times and locations.  If you have any trouble getting meals at the new time and date, please reach out to our office for alternate accommodation to meet your needs. 324-2570.

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.

Winter Break Meals
For the first time, Helena Schools and Sodexo will be offering the free meal program during the two-week winter break!  This program will be just like our current free program in that we can offer free meals to any child 1-18 years of age – they do not need to be of school age to receive these meals.  We will offer a one time pick up for each week that will include seven days of breakfast and lunches.  We will only have five locations to choose from during this program, and it is very important that you pre-order your meals using the “WINTER BREAK MEAL” link below.  Children do not need to be present, and if you cannot pick up the meals yourselves, someone else may pick them up for you.  Names will be checked off as you pick up meals, and if you have order but did not pick up the meals, you will received a call reminding you of the food you have ready at your designated pick-up location.  If you have any questions, please call the Food Service Office at 324-2570.

Standing order links will be reset for next quarter
We need to reset the standing order and each person that has filled it out up to this point, will need to fill out the new link for the next quarter.  There is too large of a discrepancy of the people that filled out the original link and those that are now picking up meals.  Please use the standing order link at the bottom of the page if you want to receive meals starting January 6th.

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.