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 customers 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.
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 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.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all of part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employement activities.)
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.