The Springfield Public Schools Nutrition Services department oversees the preparation and distribution of school breakfasts and lunches throughout the district, as well as catering at various district events.
Staff prepares menus each month based on federal FDA guidelines for nutrition, and purchases ingredients that are as local, healthful, and natural as possible. Students have a variety of choices at every meal.
School Meals Free for All Students in the 2023-24 School Year
Springfield Public Schools is participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2023-24 school year.
This means that all enrolled students of Springfield Public Schools are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge each day of the 2023-24 school year!
Our School Menus
Springfield Public Schools uses MealViewer menu platform for all schools in our district. MealViewer includes mobile apps for both iOS and Android to provide easy access at any time. Please visit the new platform and enjoy the daily breakfast and lunch menus provided in detail, notice the ability to see nutrition facts per item, allergens associated, and the ability to review nutritional information pertaining to the entire meal.
All at your fingertips, and all in real time!
Food Allergies Accommodations
SPS believes it is critically important to take the necessary steps to ensure the health, well-being and safety of our students. Food allergies are becoming more common. However, due to food processing practices, it is impossible to guarantee that any school environment can be allergen-free, thus the need for a raised level of food allergy awareness.
Below you will find the appropriate forms that must be filled out and returned to the School-Based Nurse or Health Aide to ensure any allergies accomodations for your student. If your child has a disability the form must be filled out by a physician.
Classroom Snack Guidelines
The district's Wellness Committee has created some tips and guidelines for parents to use when determining what to contribute for classroom snacks. The idea is to seek out prepackaged nutritious foods that avoid common allergens such as nuts. Snacks cannot be homemade.
General Guidelines: We suggest you keep an eye on fat and sodium content and limit artificial colors or sweeteners. Good examples are fresh or dried fruits, raw veggies; wholegrain items like crackers or cereal; or proteins like string cheese or yogurt.
For drinks, water is the preferred choice, but other uncaffeinated, relatively low sugar drinks such as juices (that actually have juice in them) or low-fat milks are acceptable.
Parties and Celebrations: Change the focus of classroom parties to fun activities rather than just high-calorie food.
Summer Food Program
Kids can eat free lunch during the summer thanks to FOOD For Lane County's Summer Food Program.
Staff and volunteers serve meals at schools, parks and community centers located throughout Lane County during the summer months, including a number of sites in Springfield.
- Children and youth 18 years of age and younger are invited to eat at one of the many sites, including several Springfield schools and nearby parks.
- Most sites are open in June and run through August. The schedule is posted in late spring each year. No registration is required.
- Children ages 1-2 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Food is not provided for parents or guardians, but they are invited to bring along their own food to eat with their kids.
SPS Farm to School Program
Initiated in 2000, the National Farm to School Program is a nationwide movement that seeks to improve the quality and nutrition content of school meals, promote local farmers, support local food systems and teach kids where their food comes from. This nationwide trend has been supported by the Oregon legislature with the establishment of a Farm to School Program within the Oregon Department of Education and a Farm to School Program within the Department of Agriculture.
The Willamette Farm and Food Coalition, based in Lane County, has implemented Farm to School programs in Springfield Public Schools, Bethel School District, Eugene 4J District and the Crow Applegate Lorane District.