Food and Nutrition

Proper nutrition is essential for the success of our students and our academic programs. The Holy Family Food and Nutrition Services Department is committed to their role in maintaining a learning and working environment that promotes and protects our students’ health, well-being and ability to learn by supporting healthy dietary habits.

The food and nutrition services department works to ensure that breakfast and lunch options are served with consideration for nutritional integrity, variety, appeal, taste, safety and packaging.


Meal Requirements

Meals served at all Holy Family schools meet the USDA nutrition standards, which require the following:

  • Half the tray should be vegetables and fruits (at least one half-cup serving of each)
  • Age-appropriate calorie limits
  • A wider selection of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
  • Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
  • More whole grains
  • Less sodium

According to USDA guidelines, anything less than a full meal will be charged as individual items. For a detailed listing of the specifications outlined by the USDA and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, visit USDA’s


School breakfasts are made up of four components: an entree which counts as two components, a fruit and a milk.

Students are required to take three of these components including one that is a half cup of fruit/juice for the meal to qualify as an approved “school breakfast.”


School lunches are made up of five components: a meat/meat alternate, bread/grain, fruit, vegetable and a milk.

Students are required to take three of these components including one that is a half-cup of fruit or vegetables for the meal to count as an approved “school lunch.”

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

All FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Declaración de no discriminación del Departmamento de Agricultura (USDA)

Iowa Nondiscrimination Statement

It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E 14th St, Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121 or 800-457-4416; website:

Revised March 21, 2016