Update from Food Services and Wellness, January 2020

A Message from Chef Patrick: Adventure bites and family visits

Happy 2020!  At the start of this new year (and new decade!), I encourage your students, and you, to take some adventure bites in the school cafeterias. Click our menu link and choose a day to visit and to eat with your kids. This is a great way to experience an important part of their school day, their midday meal. Adults eat for $4.25 and includes the always fresh, all-you-can-eat, salad bar!

We are also excited to start the new calendar year with Good Food Promise designs on our delivery trucks. Two new trucks and the branding work by Shew Design is courtesy of funding from the Whatcom Community Foundation. We simply couldn’t do what we are doing without the support of those who voted for our bonds and for the community partners who, time and again, come through with vital pieces of our program. Delivery trucks, for example. (See photo below.) Honk when you see one to show your enthusiasm for our ever-evolving program.

See you soon in a school cafeteria!

Patrick Durgan
Executive Chef and Director of Food Services


School menus online

Our school menus can always be found online.  Bookmark this page!

Reminder:  Deli sandwiches are available at all schools, and concept salads “the round ones” are also available at middle and high schools, every day alongside the main entrees.

Parkview students baking bread for very good reasons

Photo above: Students at Parkview Elementary School had the opportunity to learn how to bake bread and donate their floury creations.  Read more…

Local favorite apples are Harvest of the Month for January

Apples are the Harvest of the Month for January. Always a favorite, apples are a bountiful crop in Washington state; in fact Washington grows 60% of all fresh apples eaten in the United States. Apples, often local ones, are a staple on the school salad bars. Be sure to grab one for your pocket as you go through the lunch line. For more about apples and featured recipes, visit the Whatcom Farm to School website.

Farmer Helen Solem visits Happy Valley for cabbage education

Photo below: Helen Solem of Sumas River Farm visited students at Happy Valley Elementary School in December and brought along examples of the cabbage that she grows. She is pictured above with brusselsprouts and red kale plans, both of the brassica (cabbage) family.

Other reminders

Dietary options available for vegetarian and gluten-free menu items.

How to pay for school lunch

After-School Dinner Program Free for All Students 18 and Under

Bellingham Public Schools currently offers free hot dinner to all children 18 and under in the community. These meals are offered daily Mondays through Thursdays through June 4, 2020. Dinner is served from 5 to 6 p.m. at Shuksan Middle School, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood).

Please note:  Accompanying adults are charged $4.
25 All meals must be eaten onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria and “to go” options are not available. Dinner will not be served on the following Thursdays that are middle school early dismissal days: Feb. 6, March 5, and April 30.

The after-school dinner program is sponsored by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).