Food Policy


All students, including those in Preschool and Junior Kindergarten "Lunch Bunch", must bring a lunch from home in their own lightweight insulated bags or boxes. Lunches may not be shared. Milk may be purchased through the school by completing the Milk Order Form. Please do not send fast food, carbonated beverages, or candy in your child's lunch box. In addition, due to the high sodium and sugar content, Lunchables are not recommended. If a lunch is forgotten, the child will be given an opportunity to telephone a parent to request that the lunch box - not fast food - be brought to the school. In the event this is not possible, the school will provide the child with a replacement.

In order to minimize trash and to set an environmentally responsible example for our students, we encourage parents to use re-usable containers when packing their child's lunch. Please refer to the Environmental Stewardship Policy section of this handbook.

Snack Philosophy

Grace Episcopal School tries to offer children a variety of food experiences. Don't be afraid to offer items that may be new or unusual. Fruits such as kiwi, fresh pineapple or pomegranate, for example, may be a new and pleasant experience for many children. Children will frequently try things along with their peers at school that they would refuse on the dinner table at home. We hear this comment from parents all the time that their children only eat a certain food item at school—positive peer pressure!

Some parents may enjoy baking muffins for special snack. But snack need not be elaborate. Bagels with low-fat cream cheese and wedges of apples or oranges make an excellent snack.

For parents who sign up for special snacks in PS-K remember to check the monthly calendar of snacks provided hanging outside your child's room that the school provides. The children do not mind repeats! Ask the teachers for ideas or visit your local library/book store where there are shelves of books devoted to the nutritious feeding of children!

Although snack should not be considered a full-scale meal, we have found that children are quite hungry by snack time. Offering a variety of items seems to work best. For example, some favorite snacks are small bagels with cream cheese along with individual boxes of raisins, or slices of cheddar cheese with crackers and a banana.

We realize that it is impossible to avoid all fats, sugars, additives, etc. but do try to make your choices as "health-wise" as possible. And one last suggestion: Include your child in planning their snack. This can be a lot of fun and gives your child some experience in making good nutritional choices. Children are more likely to eat those things they have helped to prepare!


Nutritious snacks are served to all Preschool, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten children mid-morning. Children in Grades 1 - 5 may bring mid-morning snacks - cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables. Canned foods, food in thermoses, and non-breakable thermal containers or food which must be eaten with a spoon are not appropriate on the playground and, therefore, should not be provided as snacks.

All Extended Care children are provided an afternoon snack.

At Grace Episcopal School we consider a nutritious snack to be essential. Providing a nutritious and healthy snack to children is the responsibility of all. After a morning of active play or academics, the students are hungry and most are ready for a snack. As you plan for your child's snack, think about what sorts of foods you would like your child to have as part of a nutritious snack.

The following guidelines are for snacks brought from home that are to be consumed by the entire class, including birthday snacks. It does not apply to individual snacks or lunches eaten by students.

Snack Suggestions:

  • Raw Vegetables: (washed and cut appropriately before serving) carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, celery, cucumber, green/red pepper, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli or celery (can be served plain, or with low-fat cream cheese or yogurt for dipping)
  • Fruit: any fresh fruit (washed and cut appropriately before serving): apples, cut into wedges right before serving to avoid browning; applesauce, store-bought or made at home; orange halves or sections; bananas, usually one half per child is enough; watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew or other melons; whole fresh pineapple (cut in class); grapes, cut in half for PS-K; raisins, dried apricots (3 or 4 per child), or other dried fruits; strawberries (check for allergies), blueberries or other berries; pears; mangos; or pomegranate.
  • Sandwich Snacks: (made on whole grain breads, one half sandwich per person): cheese or homemade cheese spread; chicken or turkey (avoid roast beef and ham); English muffin pizza (plain cheese or topped with veggies - there is no need for pepperoni!).
  • Muffins and Breads: (a big favorite!) corn, oatmeal, blueberry, pumpkin, or applesauce etc. (Try using whole wheat flour or a combination of half wheat and half white, unbleached flour.)
  • More Ideas: bagels with low-fat cream cheese; crackers (low-fat saltines or graham crackers are better than buttery Ritz types); cheese in moderation; yogurt in individual containers; dry cereals - low in sugar (the children love mixtures in baggies); low-fat granola or granola bars; fruit smoothies for PS-K (made with skim milk, yogurt, and ice cubes in a blender in class); pretzels; frozen yogurts; and pita bread or pita chips (low fat/salt) with hummus or salsa.

Food Restrictions:

  • Because of food allergies, please refrain from bringing peanuts or peanut butter as snacks.
    (See individual class restrictions.)
  • Avoid foods with over a 30% fat content. Read the labels of prepared foods.
  • Avoid meats and dairy products that are high in fat. Choose low-fat and fat-free items, when possible.
  • Avoid sugar, high fructose corn syrup, refined carbohydrates (white flour, etc.) and food additives (artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives) when possible.
  • Please read labels, and take particular note of products manufactured in factories where peanuts may be used.

Foods Not Allowed: **

  • cupcakes
  • brownies
  • potato chips, corn chips, flavored cheese-its, flavored goldfish (whole grain/pretzel flavors are o.k.)
  • iced cakes
  • donuts, unhealthy cookies, etc.
  • peanuts/peanut butter (a choking hazard and because of allergies)
  • candy and soda
  • sports drinks

** All of the above "Foods Not Allowed" will not be served if brought to school. Please plan accordingly for any Birthday Celebration Snack or Special Snacks. Save any of these foods for "at home" celebrations.

No fruit drink, please. For the PS-K students, water or unsweetened fruit juices are served at snack time.

If you choose a snack that requires a plastic spoon or fork, we ask that you provide those utensils for each child. Cups, napkins and plates (if needed) can be provided by the school. It is helpful, but not necessary, if each portion is individually wrapped.

Perishable Foods

Perishable foods brought from home for special celebrations must be properly packaged and/or refrigerated to prevent contamination.

Leftover foods provided by parents will be discarded or returned (same day) to parents. Foods for each child must be properly labeled and stored separately. Food must not be shared - except at parties or special celebrations when food is provided by parents for this purpose.

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