Districts Celebrate with Midwest Menu Event
October 6th school districts across the Midwest will celebrate healthy,
regional, and sustainable school meals by participating in the Third Annual
Midwest Menu event.
students, from Detroit to Omaha, including some of the largest districts in the
region will participate in the special lunch event.
What does a Midwest Menu look like? While
each tray will look a little different, all participating districts include
ingredients sourced from the region. The one menu item which will be consistent on
all of the menus will be a delicious whole muscle drumstick that meets the USDA
CRAU Standard for responsible antibiotic use.
At Omaha Public
Schools, our students will enjoy a menu featuring foods locally grown or
manufactured from Nebraska. Not only is
the day a “Nebraska Thursday” but it
is also our “Midwest Menu”.
Chicken Drummies (Elementary Schools) – from Smart Chicken, Tecumseh, NE.
Baked Fiery Chicken (Secondary Schools) – from Smart Chicken, Tecumseh, NE.
Up Potatoes – from Farmer’s Fresh – O’Neil, NE.
Local Apple – from DeGroot’s Orchard, Madison, NE.
Breadstick – from Rotella’s Bakery, Omaha, NE.
Fresh Milk – from Hiland Dairy, various producers within 100 miles of
The Midwest Menu is
organized by five large districts participating in the Focus Midwest Learning
Lab: Chicago Public Schools, Des Moines Public Schools, Omaha Public Schools,
Minneapolis Public Schools, and the Detroit Public Schools Community District. The food service directors, staff, and
community partners of the Focus Midwest Learning Lab have been working together
since 2012 to collectively leverage their purchasing power to improve the
quality of food served to public school students. The Learning Lab is a project
of School Food Focus, a national non-profit organization which supports school
districts to move toward school meals which feature more healthful, regional
and sustainable menu items. These five districts alone will serve over 475,000 students through the
Midwest Menu event on October 6th.
Parent On-line Payment
Omaha Public Schools is proud to announce we are upgrading our
Lunch Account Software to a new system called Primero Edge. Primero Edge
offers an easy-to-use way for parents/guardians to securely and conveniently
pay for school meals through SCHOOLCAFE.COM. The district will be changing to Schoolcafe.com
which will be available to you July 1, 2016.
Some of the key features include:
Accepts payments types of debit or credit cards with a Visa or Master
Access from any computer 24/7
Low balance email reminders
Transactions made to your child’s cafeteria
account within two hours
Customer Support Services to answer your
Mobile App is Available to download
In addition, if your child attends a Middle\High School, you
will be able to see the features below. The
district will upgrading the Lunch Account Software to the Elementary Schools
throughout the 2016-17 school year. Once
your child’s school is on Primero Edge, you will be able access these features as
well (more details to come soon).
Viewing your child’s cafeteria account balance
Review daily spending and purchases
account balances will be carried over to the 2016-17 school year unless a
request has been made to refund the student’s balance.
Note: A $2.00 minimum balance is required and a convenience fee per transaction
amount will be charged. More information
is located at SCHOOLCAFE.COM
Nutrition Services at 531-299-9437 for answers to any additional questions you may have.
Join the Omaha Public Schools
We are hiring for the 2016-17 school
School cafeteria employees are skilled professionals in the
food service industry. No longer
referred to as “lunch ladies,” they offer more to students than simply handing
out school breakfasts and lunches and are one of many groups of people who
contribute to a child’s education.
Working alongside teachers, coaches, counselors, librarians, and other
school personnel, cafeteria employees can make a difference in the life of a
child. By preparing and serving healthy
meals, they help support the core mission of education, especially when it
comes to boosting student’s concentration, focus, and cognitive function.
If you want
to know more about the rewarding career of a Nutrition Services employee, please
click on the Employment Opportunities tab at the top of the page.