Meridian Public Charter School is committed to serving healthy, nutritious and quality meals to children, with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and fat-free or low-fat dairy, within the calorie requirements for school children. Meridian partners with Luncheras Di Si to offer breakfast, lunch and snacks free of charge to all students through the School Breakfast Program (SBP), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program (FFVP).
Our school meal programs aim to improve the diet and health of students, help mitigate childhood obesity, model healthy eating habits to support the development of lifelong healthy eating patterns, and support healthy choices while accommodating cultural food preferences and special dietary needs. To learn more about Meridian's approach to ensuring environments and opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day, please read our Local Wellness Policy.
All of our school meals are prepared locally and fresh daily. The school menu provides nutritious, fresh and healthy choices to our students. All menus are prepared monthly using USDA approved recipes with nutritious ingredients.
Students with officially documented special dietary needs are provided a food substitute to ensure the same nutritional meal requirements are met.
Students with special dietary needs should submit a Medical Statement to Request Dietary Accommodations / Declaración Médica Para Solicitar Adaptaciones Alimentarias / የተለየ የምግብ አቅርቦት መጠየቂያ፣ የህክምና ወረቀት to the school each year. This request must be signed by a licensed medical provider and a parent/legal guardian. Food substitutions based on religious or philosophical beliefs may be requested through the Students with Philosophical or Religious Dietary Needs / Formulario para Estudiantes con Necesidades Alimentarias por Motivos Filosóficos o Religiosos / በፍልስፍና ወይንም በሀይማኖት እምነት ምክንያት የተለየ ምግብ የሚያስፈልገው ተማሪ form. It is up to the discretion of Meridian Public Charter School as to whether it can accommodate students’ requests made using this form.
Public Information on School Meal Programs is available here.