The Roosevelt PTO is fortunate to be able to sponsor a hot lunch option for Roosevelt students three days per week for the 2016-2017 school year. We understand the importance of this program to our families, and we appreciate your support.
Spuntino’s will start delivering pizza slices on Wednesdays beginning on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. The last day to order Spuntino’s is this Friday, September 2, 2016.
Healthy Kids Kitchen is available to provide lunches on Mondays and Fridays starting October 3, 2016. Orders will be taken from September 10- 27, 2016.
As a result of new requirements put into place by District 64, there will be some changes to the hot lunch program. For the 2016-2017 year, the District is requiring the following: (1) increased insurance requirements for food vendors serving to the schools in the District; (2) food safety training by all volunteers serving food to students; and (3) all food served to the students must be served solely by volunteers and not the vendor suppliers. The latter two of these requirements has made it so that we have been unable to get the number of parent volunteers necessary to serve the lunches as we previously did.
These changes have resulted in a slight increase to the per-piece price for the pizza as our vendor, Spuntino’s, has had an increase in its insurance costs.
With respect to the food arriving from Healthy Kids Kitchen, the food will now be prepackaged before it arrives to Roosevelt, resulting in a significant decrease in the number of volunteers necessary to run the program. Volunteers will check off the names of students and each students will pick up a prepackaged hot lunch and cold side. However, as prepackaging the food results in a significant increase in labor and packaging for Healthy Kids Kitchen (and it has also had an increase in insurance rates), the per meal price for Healthy Kids Kitchen will be $5.45 this year.
This is likely the last year the hot lunch program will be sponsored by the PTO, as the District has indicated that it will be taking over the hot lunch program next year and volunteers will no longer be utilized. We thank the many parents who have taken the food safety training course and will continue to help us provide this program this year. We greatly appreciate your time and efforts!