A FOCUS ON NUTRITION
As part of the National Breakfast Program and School Lunch Program, NHJ offers healthy, nutritious meals to all students each day.
To provide nutritious meals at an affordable cost to all students.
To provide healthy options children will both eat and enjoy.
To provide a variety of different foods from the five food groups.
2020-2021 School Year
Extra Milk $0.45
Research has shown that starting the day with a nutritious breakfast helps students stay alert and perform better in school. Breakfast is offered each morning to all students at all schools at the beginning of the school day. Students may get breakfast as soon as they arrive at school.
The price for breakfast is $1.50 at the elementary and intermediate schools and is $1.55 at the middle and high schools. The reduced breakfast price is $.30. Breakfast includes milk, a fruit or vegetable or juice and a grain and/or a protein.
If your child is eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch, he/she is eligible for free or reduced-priced breakfast as well.
Cafeteria account payments must be made in advance and may be made in several ways.
Cash or check payments made out to "NHJ Schools" may be sent with students to school in an envelope marked with the student’s name and amount enclosed. ICES and ICIS students give payments to their teacher. ICMS and ICHS students should drop cafeteria payments into the drop box located in the school’s main office first thing in the morning.
Students should not make payments in the cafeteria during serving times.
Parents may also make credit card payments or payments from their bank account through your Infinite Campus Parent portal.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FOOD SERVICE
What if we need assistance with meal programs for my child?
Application for Free and Reduced Meals
How do I apply for a free or reduced fee for my child's meals at school?
Instructions for Free and Reduced Meals
What are the policies regarding negative school meal balances on my account?
NHJ Meal Charging Policy
What type of food is offered to my child?
Offer vs Serve Meals
How do I notify the school if my child has a food allergy?
Food Allergy Form
Where do I find information about my child's rights regarding food service?
How can I apply for a Food Service position?
NHJ Food Service Department Needs You
FAMILY NUTRITION NEWSLETTERS
Enjoy the newsletters below specifically designed for parents and their students. Nutrition Nuggets is developed for grades K-5 and Teen Food & Fitness is developed for Grades 6-12. Inside each newsletter are fun tips, ideas and useful information about healthy eating and exercise for you and your student.
Check the Nutrition Facts label to limit sodium. Salt is added to many canned foods including soups, vegetables, beans and meats.
- Many processed meats such as ham, sausage and hot dogs are high in sodium. Look for low or no sodium canned food and processed meats.
- We all need protein but most Americans eat enough, and some eat more than they need. How much is enough? Most people, ages 9 and older, should eat 5 to 7 ounces of protein each day. 1 ounce of meat, poultry or seafood, 1 egg, 1/4 cup cooked beans or peas, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, or 1/2 ounce of nuts or seeds counts as an ounce of protein food.
- Tips to add more vegetables to your day: Frozen vegetables are quick and easy to use and are just as nutritious as fresh veggies. Cook fresh or frozen vegetables in the microwave for a quick and easy dish to add to any meal.
- Cut up a batch of bell peppers, cauliflower, or broccoli. Pre-package them to use when time is limited. Enjoy them in a casserole, stir-fry, or as a snack with hummus.
- Planning meals ahead of time can help you stick to a healthy eating style. Outline meals you plan to eat for the week and use it as a guide to buy the ingredients you will need. Be sure to list beverages and snacks, too.
- Planning meals by the week will save you time and energy. List ingredients for meals you plan to make and check to see what you will need to buy at the grocery store. Knowing you have all the ingredients you need makes preparing a meal so much easier.
- Love your leftovers. Prepare enough of a dish to eat multiple times during the week or freeze to eat later. Making leftovers part of your plan can save time and money.