Food Service

  • An Introduction to School Meals

    The National School Lunch & Breakfast Program is a federally funded program providing nutritionally balanced meals to children. The USDA administers the program at the federal level. School districts that choose to participate in the program receive financial assistance for each meal they serve. In return they must serve meals that meet the federal nutritional requirements and offer free or reduced priced meals to eligible children. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) are designed to promote the health and well-being of children by providing nutritious meals to children.


    Our Promise

    To extend our passion, dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm into serving each student delicious and nutritious meals.  

    To nourish the bodies, minds and spirits of our students and pave the way for a​ lifetime of success and well-being.

    We improve the well-being of our students by preparing fresh, delicious and nutritious meals they love.  

    We engage students and all of their senses through the creation of new and fresh dining experiences that improve their school day.

    We build sharp minds and strong bodies with a healthful, balanced approach to school dining.

    We share our knowledge of the life-enhancing benefits of good nutrition with students, our families and our communities.

    We enrich the lives of our students and the communities we live through socially responsible and sustainability best practices. 

    We are planting the seeds of health and wellness.


    A school lunch consists of an entrée (grain & meat/meat alternative),  fruit, vegetable and milk. At the elementary school students have a choice of two different entree's, the secondary schools have a choice of one out of eight different entree's. Students are required to take a minimum of an 3 components, one being a fruit or vegetable. If the student does not take the minimum meal requirements, the lunch is considered "ala carte" and does not qualify as a free or reduced lunch.  At all schools we encourage students to make healthy food choices. Each school has a Salad Bar filled with and assortment of salads, fruits and vegetables. The Salad Bar is self-service to allow students to take larger portions of their favorite fruits and vegetables. Whole grains are an important part of our menus.



    Mornings can be really crazy...the alarm doesn’t go off...the kids don’t want to get up...there’s no time to eat breakfast before the bus comes...or they’re just not ready to eat. Or maybe your teenager grabs a can of soda and a candy bar on the way to school. If this sounds like your home, we have good news for you.

    Breakfast is served at school! School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day.  A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can concentrate in class. Breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body.

    Breakfast at school is affordable, too. If you qualify for free and reduced price meals, you also qualify for the breakfast program, with no additional paperwork. You can’t find a healthier breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else.

    Help your child start the day right with school breakfast!

    Breakfast is available every morning at all schools.

    Milk Substitute

    USDA regulations and South Whidbey school district policy allow the following alternative to milk to be served:


    1. Pacific Natural Ultra Soy Milk, Vanilla, a USDA-approved soy milk, for children who are allergic to cow’s milk or when cultural, religious, or ethical reasons eliminate cow’s milk consumption.

    Please NOTE: The USDA does not allow water or juice as milk substitutions. We are therefore unable to serve them in place of milk, even if a physician’s order is provided.

    To make arrangements for your child to be served one of our available milk substitutions, please send a written request to your child’s school nurse. The written request should include:


    1. Your child’s name, grade, and teacher;
    2. Which product you would like your child to receive (soy milk); and
    3. A parent or guardian’s signature

    SWSD Meal Charge Procedure

    In the event that a student does not have money to purchase lunch for the day, we have developed a Meal Charge option.

    Meal Payment Options

    Payments are not accepted from July 1 - August 15

    We are now accepting ONLINE CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS  for student meal purchases. TO MAKE PAYMENTS select the option on the right side of this page. Students still have the opportunity to prepay for the meals they purchase by sending cash or check (made payable to your students school) to their respective schools. You will need to provide your students full name on the check or envelope when making payment to their account. Elementary students may place their lunch payments in the mail box that is provided by the main office. Secondary students must hand the payment to the cashier in the cafeteria. Money received is placed on your student's dining account and as meals and other items are purchased, the cost will be appropriately deducted.

    Free & Reduced Priced Lunches

    Visit the link on this page for information and an application for free & reduced priced lunches.

    School Meal Pricing


    Breakfast                     $2.00
    Reduced Breakfast      $0.00
    Lunch                          $3.25
    Reduced Lunch           $0.40


    Breakfast                     $2.25
    Reduced Breakfast      $0.00
    Lunch                          $3.50
    Reduced Lunch           $0.40


    Breakfast                  $4.00
    Lunch                       $5.00


    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email:

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.