Welcome Back Letter
The beginning of the school year is approaching and we would like to extend a warm welcome to let you know that Whitsons School Nutrition has exciting plans for the school meal program. Our goal is to serve nutritious, well-balanced meals that appeal to students and the school community. We are pleased to provide a comprehensive school dining program at Pelham Schools that meets the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program requirements and engages students in developing a positive “Fooditude”.
At Whitsons we are going back to a time when good food was simple. As part of our new Simply Rooted™ Food Philosophy we are focused on using ingredients that are locally sourced, all-natural, organic or non-GMO, and minimally processed, whenever possible. We’re going back to our roots and we would like the entire Pelham Schools school community to join us on this journey. Some new items that may appear on menus include: organic veggie burgers, whole grain pasta with organic tomato sauce, organic meats such as turkey and sausages, organic applesauce and a variety of fresh fruit side dishes, just to name a few.
Our interactive healthy eating program, called Fooditude, motivates and inspires students to consider the many benefits healthy eating and exercise have on their growing bodies and minds. With Fooditude, we are embarking on a movement to help students develop positive self-esteem and healthy eating habits by making a connection between attitudes and living healthy. It’s all about making the connection between food and healthy habits.
At elementary schools, our award-winning Nutrition Safari® program will introduce younger students to lovable animal characters to teach them about selecting healthy choices from each different food group for a well-balanced diet. The program’s mission is to increase participation in the National School Lunch Program and encourage students to develop lifelong healthy eating habits.
At the secondary schools, monthly Fooditude Flaves will feature trendy menus items and activities to engage older students. Whitsons has also invested in professional signage and merchandising that creates a food court-style environment. It’s like going out to lunch without ever leaving the building. Our goal is to entice students to make nutritious and delicious meal choices.
We‘re excited about our partnership with Pelham Schools and hope to provide a great program while becoming part of the Pelham community.
Your opinion matters to us. If you have any suggestions for the school nutrition program, please contact your Food Service Director Mary Mills at 914-738-8110 ext 1184. Details of our program, as well as school menus and other important information are available at: https://schools.whitsons.com/ny/pelham-public-schools?page=welcome. We are here to serve you and your child’s needs, and look forward to being a part of your community for many years to come.
Director of Food Services
914-738-8110 Ext. 1184
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Meal Prices & Payment Info
Adults: $2.50 (includes tax)
All Students: $.25
Adults: $4.30 (includes tax)
All Students: $.25
* Low-fat milk is available with all meals or can be purchased separately for $.50.
NUTRIKIDS ACCOUNT FOR MEAL PAYMENTS
We utilize the Nutrikids Point of Sale System which allows students to charge their meals to their Nutrikids account. You can fund your child’s Nutrikids account in one of two ways:
1. My School Bucks—an online payment solution at www.myschoolbucks.com.
- Set up automatic recurring payments or automatically add money to a student's account only when the balance runs low.
- Make deposits to multiple accounts with a single transaction.
- Receive low balance email notifications (you must set this up).
- View purchases for the past 90 days.
- Balances carry forward to the next school year.
Set up your student’s account using your child’s name and birthdate. Existing accounts have the same log-in information. New students will be able to establish accounts with My School Bucks at the end of August.
2. OR-Write a Check—payable to Pelham Cafeteria Fund with the student’s full name in the memo field.
REMINDER—Every student has a Nutrikids account. See the attached page for account rules. If you don’t want your child incurring charges through Nutrikids, please complete the attached opt-out form.
FREE AND REDUCED MEAL APPLICATIONS
NEW APPLICATIONS must be filed every year. Please complete an application EVEN IF your student was approved last year.