The mission of Food and Nutrition Services is to operate a world-class child nutrition program; to provide a variety of healthy food choices to ensure students' readiness to learn; to educate stakeholders in an ever-changing global society regarding proper nutrition necessary for a healthy lifestyle and wellness; to provide meals to community programs; and to operate within established government regulations. The Food and Nutrition Services program is financially self-supporting.
Food and Nutrition Services employs over 1300 professionals that include managers, team members, drivers, warehouse workers, and supervisors. School meals are planned by registered dietitians to reflect the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, ChooseMyPlate.gov, and student preferences as determined at student taste parties. Low cost, nutritious school meals are served to more than 140,000 customers every day and breakfast is offered in 172 schools and centers.
Menu Changes Due to School Closings
School closings cause Food and Nutrition Services to change menus from the advertised menu. Parents cannot be notified of the changes in advance because of the uncertainties of the number of days of school closures, equipment failures, and product deliveries. Elementary school managers ask the school offices to notify the students of the day's menu in the morning announcements. Regrettably this may result in student favorites not being available.
GOLDEN Wellness Award
Fairfax County Public School’s Wellness Task Force, in partnership with Food and Nutrition Services hosted the GOLDEN (Giving Others Lifelong Desire for Exercise and Nutrition) Wellness Award Reception at a recent school board meeting. In the past 5 years, the number of recipients has grown from 15 to 114. Read More...
All Star Lunch
FCPS developed the new "All Star Lunch" to reflect USDA's new menu standards and to help students select their school meal choices.
Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Pilot Continues for the 2013 - 2014 School Year
Students who qualify for free meals receive breakfast and lunch free. Reduced-price eligible students will also receive free breakfast and lunch on a continued pilot basis for School Year 2013 – 2014. Food and Nutrition Services will absorb these costs.
Superintendent's Nutrition Task Force Report Update
The annual update of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) activities in response to the Superintendent’s Nutrition Task Force (SNTF) in February 2012 was completed in May 2013. It addresses key areas outlined in the SNTF report and FNS Plan of Action. FCPS continues to value input from and will continue to partner with school and community stakeholders to ensure the FNS program remains one of the nation’s premier programs.
Penny McConnell, MS, RDN, SNS
Administrative Assistant Fatima.Calcuttawalla@fcps.edu
Office of Food and Nutrition Services
6840 Industrial Road
Springfield, VA 22151
January 10, 2014