Serving School Meals with Love & Hope During a National Crisis

Clinton Public School District (CPSD) strives for excellence in offering students nutritionally balanced meals every school day to support growth, development, and learning. This will always be the commitment even as CPSD faces the challenge of reopening schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CPSD Child Nutrition Department has prioritized a plan to ensure school meals are tasty, healthy, and safe to eat – all served with lots of love and hope in times like these. Keba Laird, CPSD Child Nutrition Supervisor states, “There is a growing concern among parents, school staff, and the community as to what the ‘new school day’ will look like. Our department has devised a plan to ensure meals are safely prepared and served with care. We have implemented precautionary measures for extensive sanitizing of food prep areas, and will enforce staff wellness checks before the work day begins.”

Laird states that meal service will run differently than it did last school year. “School lunches will be conveniently packaged as a grab-and-go meal, complete with a meat/meat alternate, fruit, vegetable, milk, and on some days a dessert!” Beginning Thursday, August 13, 2020, K-12 classes will go to the cafeteria, pick up their sack lunch, and return to the classroom to enjoy it with their friends. The menu will include student favorites from hot entrées (like pizza and chicken nuggets) to refreshing entrée salads and hoagie sandwiches.

CPSD will offer grab-and-go school breakfast to students in grades K-6 starting Monday, August 31, 2020. The meal will include a grain, fruit, and milk choice. Like lunch, breakfast too will include popular student favorites like blueberry muffins and zucchini bread.

The CPSD Department of Child Nutrition is committed to providing safe and nutritious meals to all children. Our goal is to raise awareness of the School Breakfast Program and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement, and healthy lifestyles. Please encourage your children to eat school breakfast daily to ensure they are well nourished and ready to learn.

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