Welcome to Buckeye Local School District
This website allows parents and students to learn more about the School Lunch Program. We hope you are able to find the information you need. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any suggestions on how to improve this site.
Everyday our food service team is responsible to prepare about 600 meals to students in our four schools. It has been proven that students need good nutrition to feed their minds and bodies to enable them to learn during the school day. Our goal is to provide a high quality, safe, and healthy meal to every Buckeye School District student while providing the best customer service possible.
We are proud to serve you and are looking forward to working with students, parents and school administration to make your program the best it can be. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the lunch program, please email or call me anytime.
Food Services Mission Statement
Recognizing that good nutrition has a positive effect on learning and good health, the mission of the Food Service Department is to provide nutritious meals to students, staff and the community-at-large, in a caring and customer-friendly environment, using menus that emphasize:
♦ Freshly prepared foods
♦ No trans-fats
♦ More whole grain and legumes
♦ Fresh fruit and vegetables offered daily
♦ Minimally processed foods
Our Food Service staff is committed in teaching our customers to adopt healthier life choices.
The Food Service Department is proud of the role it plays in providing students with a nutritious meal each school day. Our goal is to provide students with a well balanced meal, which is appealing to students’ tastes, and meets the guidelines of the National School Lunch Program.
The USDA meal patterns requires that five components must be offered to qualify for a reimbursable meal. A Meat/Protein, Fruit, Vegetable, Bread, and Milk must be offered in specific quantities. These meal patterns are designed to provide 1/3 of the recommended dietary allowances for key nutrients. The menu must also provide no more than 30% of the total calories from fat, and no more than 10% from saturated fat over the course of a week.
If your child has been determined by a doctor to have a food allergy that would prevent the child from eating a regular school meal, the school will make substitutions prescribed by the doctor. An effort will also be made to accommodate medically necessary dietary modifications for non-handicapped children. If you believe your child needs a modified diet, please contact the Food and Nutrition Supervisor. The phone number is 330-722-8257 Ext: 1018
Farm to School
We are always looking for local producers to partner with us in bringing farm fresh produce and other items into the school when available. It is important for kids to understand where food comes from and the benefits of less processed fresh foods in their diets.
In order to encourage students to eat a complete lunch, we offer four entrée choices at each elementary. In addition to what is on the main menu for that day, and we also offer a fresh chef salad, cereal lunch and a grab and go PBJ lunch. The Jr. High offers 2 main entrees one of which is pizza every day. Last but not least our High School offers 3 main entrees. What is on the main menu for that day, along with a garden fresh salad M/W/F and specialty bar on T/Th. Our famous pizza bar is offered 5 days a week. Every entrée we offer is available as a meal when bundled with our fruit and vegetable bar and milk. Students must take 3 out of the 5 items offered in order to qualify for a lunch. We believe it is important to encourage students to eat a balanced meal, so all entrees are available as meals to all students.
At each school we offer a self serve fruit and vegetable bar. By providing four vegetables, a fresh fruit and a canned fruit, the students can pick their favorite items, instead of passing up one choice offered on a menu because they don’t care for it. We will introduce the students to a greater variety of fresh fruit. We use whole grain white bread and whole wheat rolls, to ensure students get the grains they need.
French Fries (which are considered a vegetable) are only offered on the menu a few times per month.
USDA Donated Foods
Part of the funding of the National School Lunch Program comes to the district in the form of USDA donated foods. As students tastes have changed, the types of foods offered as donated foods have changed with them. Rather than receive whole turkeys as in the past, we now receive processed items such as turkey mini corn dogs, chicken nuggets, fully cooked hamburger patties, pizza dippers and taco meat. These items are prepared using ingredients that help lower the fat and salt they contain. For example, cheese products are made with part skim milk, and beef products have added soy or turkey. We also receive much of our canned fruit and frozen vegetables from USDA.
A la Carte
A la Carte items are snacks that students may purchase that are not part of a meal, and are intended to compliment a meal rather than replace it. For that reason, we follow the USDA price guidelines so that a meal is always a better value than purchasing items separately. All A la Carte items we sell are approved by USDA guidelines, although we have limited high fat A la Carte items, and introduced more baked and low-fat snack items in their place during the past several years.
• Online payment via PayForIt.net or on the Food Services homepage
• Cash or checks payable to Buckeye Local School Cafeteria. Please include the teacher and student’s name.