We recognize that nutrition impacts classroom performance, so we have designed our menus and food preparation to provide excellent nutrition and teach health wellness. We prepare our lunch menus to provide both appeal and proper nutrition to our students. The variety of our menus ensure that our students get all of the necessary nutrients and other substances associated with good health, clear thinking, and a balanced diet. We teach the importance of nutritious meals while encouraging good eating habits. We also encourage parents to help their children to eat healthy, nutritious foods both at school and at home.
Ridgway Area School District is committed to preparing students to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices every day— in their schools, communities and homes. It is the policy of Ridgway Area School District that:
- Students, parents, teachers, foodservice and health professionals, and community members will review and monitor our district’s nutrition and physical activity policies.
- All students will have opportunities to stay physically active at school.
- Food and beverages we sell or serve at school will contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
- Goals of the student wellness policy shall be considered in planning all school-based activities.
Ridgway Areas School District Wellness Policy directs the School Health Council to review and, if necessary, update nutrient standards for all competitive foods sold in the school building during the school day.
Competitive foods are those foods for sale at school other than through the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program. Competitive foods include a la carte (extras) in the cafeterias, vending, fundraising, booster club sales, classroom parties, and holiday celebrations.
The policy also references Smart Snack standards, practical, science-based nutrition standards the USDA established for all foods and beverages sold to students during the school day.
The Ridgway Area School District is proud to be part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Lunches are required by NSLP guidelines to provide at least one-third of a child’s Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of calories, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron at lunch, and one-fourth of the RDA for these nutrients at breakfast. We plan our meals, on average, to provide 30% or less of calories from fat and 10% or less from saturated fat. Our elementary and middle schools offer salad bars, which help reinforce healthy food choices, and the high school offers freshly prepared salads daily.
Elementary Birthday Catering
Does your elementary student have a birthday coming up? Allow us to cater a celebration for them! View our flyer for all the information.
Elementary Grab and Go Lunches
Ridgway Elementary School has two new grab and go options for school lunch.