Director of Food and Nutrition Services
Meredith Bailey, SNS
Armstrong School District Food Service
At the Armstrong School District, we believe that the breakfast and lunch programs are part of the educational system. We are responsible for teaching children nutrition and offering new and exciting food items. We strive to make the lunch menus appealing and encourage the children to eat meals at school. We closely monitor food preferences while trying to introduce new foods.
Overview and History of School Food Service
School food service is the world's largest food service business, serving more meals a day than the fast food industry. School lunch has often been referred to as the original fast food operation: serving millions of lunches across the United States in a time span of 1 1/2 hours.
The National School Lunch Act of 1946 established the National School Lunch Program to safeguard the health and well being of our nation's children. Studies found that the overall health of Americans was poor and many were malnourished. Minimum nutritional requirements were defined. Prior to 1946, school lunches were done primarily by volunteer groups serving mostly cold lunches.
School Meal Initiative
The third addition of the Dietary Guidlines for Americans was released in 1990 and triggered the new guidelines for school meals. The School Meal Initiative is designed to meet 1/3 of the dietary guidlines for children for lunch. All school lunches have an age appropriate calorie allowance, with less than 30% of the calories from fat and 12-15% of the calories from protein.
Did You Know...the Armstrong School District Food Service Staff is responsible for preparing and serving over 900 breakfasts and 4000 lunches per day?