National School Lunch Week

Allendale Public Schools Celebrate National School Lunch Week
“Show Your Spirit” during #NSLW16

Students who eat a nutritious, balanced diet are better prepared to learn.

This simple fact makes our Food Services team a powerful part of every Allendale student's education.  The Allendale Schools Food Service prepares breakfast and lunch each school day for an average of 1250 meals.  That's about 225,000 meals in one school year.

Just two-to-six Food Service employees at each building prepare, serve and clean-up breakfast and lunch meals for Allendale students and staff. This means Food Service workers get to know virtually every student and staff member by name. They also decorate the cafeterias with colorful messages about nutrition, exercise and healthy habits. In addition from time-to-time, they may be called on to lend a listening ear, help direct a child to class, or provide ice for first aid.  Most of all, they take pride in their work, ensuring all Allendale students have access to delicious, nutritious meals so they are ready to learn.

Evergreen/Springview Elementary School Food Service Staff

Evergreen/Springview Elementary Food Service Staff (l to r): Christine Baia (Sub), Amy Dyke, Heidi Bosch (Lead), Michelle Siragusa, Kim Ziomkowski (not pictured)


Oakwood Intermediate School Food Service Staff: Brenda Isenga and Sonja Thompson (Lead)

Allendale Middle School Food Service Staff

Allendale Middle School Food Service Staff (l to r): Beth Tameling (Lead), Krista Van Dyken, Cindy Emmert, Consuelo Drollinger
Allendale High School Food Service Staff

Allendale High School Food Service Staff (l to r): Jodi Brouwer, Director; Freida Grotenrath, Sandi Powell, Denise Miedema (Lead), Liz Gunnink, Lynn Longo

October 10 - 14 is National School Lunch Week with the theme "Show Your Spirit."  This celebration highlights the healthy foods that are offered daily at Allendale Public Schools.

“School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and less fat and sodium,” said Jodi Brouwer, Director of Food Service.  “National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the benefits of our lunch program, and the appealing choices we offer”.

The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students during the school week.  The program, which has been serving the nation's children for over 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards which includes offering fruits and vegetables every day, serving whole-grain rich foods, and limiting fat, calories, and sodium.

Eating healthy meals at school is a great value.  Breakfast and lunch are served every day, at every Allendale School. 

  • All Schools Breakfast: $1.50/day or $7.50/week
  • Elementary/Intermediate Lunch: $2.30/day or $11.50/week
  • Middle & High School Lunch: $2.70/day or $13.50/week

Students' meals may be paid for online or in person at the cafeteria.  Each student is assigned a 4-digit ID to access their account at the cafeteria register. Allendale Schools Food Service uses to allow families to deposit electronically lunch funds for their student.  The program will also notify families of a low account balance.

Families may qualify for Free or Reduced Price Meal Benefits.  To apply for this program, go to  Paper applications are also available in all school offices.  Students receiving free or reduced price meals will use the same point-of-sale system. The 4-Digit ID number and onscreen photo process does not reflect a student’s meal benefit status. School meal benefit status is kept confidential.