Food Services employs more than 75 professionals dedicated to providing excellence in all phases of child nutrition program operations. School meals, planned by a School Food Service and Nutrition Specialist, reflect the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and student preferences. Low cost, nutritious meals are served to more than 6,000 patrons every day through breakfasts and lunches offered in all Bellingham Public Schools. Food Services has received four USDA Regional Excellence awards for its lunch programs and the Washington Food Policy Action Center Golden Milk Carton Award for its breakfast program.

In October 2015, we convened an advisory group of parents, students, staff, and community members to identify our shared vision for the food services program in Bellingham Public Schools. After engaging our community and learning from school districts and others who are ahead of us in the work to transform school meals, they agreed to the following vision, which was approved by the superintendent and will guide the next steps in our work:

We encourage a lifetime of healthy eating by serving students nourishing, delicious, whole foods in a welcoming environment.

Food Services Staff

Employees are encouraged to pursue professional excellence. A majority of Food Services staff participates in professional growth activities through district-sponsored training and training offered through the Washington School Food Service Association and the American School Food Service Association.

Food Safety

Food safety is a priority. Ongoing training is provided through the ServSafe food safety and sanitation program of the National Restaurant Association. All school site Food Service managers, leads, and primary production staff are ServSafe Certified. All Food Services staff have food handlers permits issued by the Whatcom County Health and Human Services Department. Food preparation and transport is carefully monitored through Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) standards developed jointly by the Bellingham School District and the Whatcom County Health and Human Services Department. School kitchens and dining areas are inspected by Whatcom County HHS staff annually.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: