GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN Update:
There are currently no delays in claims for Child Nutrition Programs due to the federal government shutdown. Existing funding available to the state of Illinois should support normal reimbursements into March. To learn more, please click HERE to read the USDA press release.
Additionally, there may be families with federal employees currently impacted by the shutdown who are struggling to put food on the table. As a reminder, VVSD families can apply for free and reduced-price eligibility for school meals at any time during the school year. VVSD meal applications are available on-line at www.vvsd.org or in any VVSD school main office and Admin Center.
18-19 Free-Reduced Lunch Application Is NOW Available
Do your children qualify for free/reduced pricing for breakfast and lunch?
Visit our website to fill out a new Free/Reduced application. Paper Applications will be available on the first day of school.
On Saturday, October 21st., Hermansen Kitchen competed in Chili Cook-off, She Won, So Students Won
The Valley View School District Hunger Free Fund is the real winner. Hermansen Elementary School Kitchen Manager Mrs. Mary Zahour took Second Place in the Knights of Columbus Chili Cup.
School Nutrition Association's Response to School Lunch Shaming
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has issued the following response to recent news reports about the treatment of students unable to pay for their school meals. Click here to read the complete article online.
School Lunches More Nutritious Than Home-Packed Lunches
A new study published in the November-December issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found home-packed lunches on the whole had more fat, calories, saturated fat, sugar, vitamin c, and iron than school lunches. Home-packed lunches also had less protein, sodium, fiber, vitamin A, and calcium than school lunches. Furthermore, researchers found that the average school lunch had 512 calories and 26 grams of protein, while home-packed meals averaged 608 calories and only 18 grams of protein. Click here to read more.