CONTACT INFORMATION

Eliza Calkins, Food Service Director
(413) 565-4230 Ext 4047
hoberte@whitsons.com
ehobert@longmeadow.k12.ma.us


MEAL PRICING

 

Elementary Lunch $2.75
Middle School Lunch $3.00
High School Lunch $3.25
Reduced Price Lunch $0.40
Milk $0.50
100% Juice $0.50


Please send any school lunch suggestions to the following emails:


Elementary School - suggestlunchboxles@gmail.com

Middle School - suggestlunchboxlms@gmail.com

High School - suggestlunchboxlhs@gmail.com

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Welcome

Dine With Us

School meals are a healthy option, a great value, and are convenient for busy families! Here at Whitsons, we are committed to providing wholesome, high quality menus, prepared fresh daily from locally sourced ingredients whenever available and in season.  To us wholesome foods are much more than just the ingredients found (or not found) within our meals; we also consider the methods used to grow and harvest these foods.  As such, we work with our manufacturers and local vendors to offer our customers the most natural, wholesome ingredients possible, all while continuing to be socially responsible. We are working to continually add more organic and non-GMO food items to our offerings. This is all part of our Simply Rooted™ food philosophy and sustainability platform. We promise to bring our customers clean ingredients, wholesome and all-natural meals, all while continuing to nurture the environment.

Whitsons offers a variety of meal choices and Smart Snack options that meet NSLP (National School Lunch Program), HHFKA (Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act) and state nutrition guidelines and are analyzed and approved by a Registered Dietitian. We also collaborate with parents, students, and school nurses to accommodate the dietary requirements of students with food allergies and other special diets. We are Simply Rooted™ in food and family, it’s as simple as that!

Nourishing Growing Minds

Our program is focused on high quality food, progressive nutrition education programs, and excellent service. Key program features:

  • We emphasize wholesome, natural ingredients, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and healthy snacks.
  • We offer a variety of allergen-free foods to accommodate students with allergies.
  • Our menus comply with the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act and state and local wellness guidelines.
  • We educate children about making healthy choices, using our award-winning Nutrition Safari® and Smart Choices™ nutrition education materials.
  • Menus are changed monthly to introduce new seasonal specials, incorporating community feedback and the latest menu trends.
  • We support our menu offerings with comprehensive, age-appropriate marketing materials that encourage students to make healthy meal choices.


Food Waste Reduction

Whitsons is committed to doing our part when it comes to food loss and waste reduction. By keeping wholesome and nutritious food in our communities and out of our landfills, we are helping address far-reaching impacts on food security, resource conservation, and climate change. As a U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champion, Whitsons is striving to reduce food loss and waste in all operations by 50 percent by 2030 through activities targeting the prevention of food loss and waste before it arises, recovery of wholesome otherwise wasted food for donation, and recycling of food loss and waste to other uses such as animal feed, compost, and energy generation.

Understanding the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA)

The purpose of the HHFKA is to ensure that meals are healthy and well balanced and provide students with all the nutrition they need to succeed at school. The good news is that much of the components of the HHFKA final ruling have already been in place in our school programs for some time, such as:

  • Whole grain offerings
  • Variety of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Focus on lean protein choices
  • Smart Snack options
  • Fat-free and low-fat milk
  • Reduced sodium content


HHFKA mandates that school lunches have:

About Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires all School Food Authorities (SFAs) to inform families about the availability and location of free meals for students over the summer months through the Summer Food Service Program. This is required even if the SFA is not participating in the Summer Meals Program. Families can use any of the following methods to locate sites that serve free meals to children during the summer: