(Valley View kitchen staff ready to serve a Christmas meal for district staff.)
The Food Services Department strives to work together as a team, respectful and considerate of each other to provide for customers nutritious, healthy and appealing meals. To make sure the environment is friendly and clean. To educate themselves so they learn to meet standards and requirements. To always strive to perform duties better than they have ever been done before and to always compete to be the best in what they do, so they can positively affect students.
The Food Services Department includes a self-prep kitchen at six different sites; Toppenish High School, Toppenish Middle School, Kirkwood Elementary School, Garfield Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School and Valley View Elementary School and two transport sites at CATS Academy and the Toppenish Preschool. This department serves monthly, approximately 38,100 breakfast meals, 73,200 lunches, and 4,050 snacks for after school programs.
School Lunch Hero Day
May 7th is School Lunch Hero Day. This day is normally one where we recognize the hardworking individuals whose contributions help nourish children across our state.
You've Gone the Extra Mile
This year, we want to recognize the innovative and empathetic response that child nutrition professionals gave during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a part of Public Service Recognition Week, Child Nutrition providers across Washington State, as well as OSPI’s Child Nutrition team, are being recognized for their work in feeding children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Inslee has chosen this group of people for the Extra Mile award, to honor the public servants who went above and beyond to feed children this year.
A Well-Deserved Award
When Governor Inslee announced statewide school closures, the OSPI Child Nutrition Services (CNS) team took immediate steps to work with program operators to plan to serve meals in their respective communities.
Your heroic efforts resulted in over 20 million meals that were served to kids in the first six months of the pandemic. School staff, child care employees, and community organizations collaborated as the need for meals rose across the state. Meals were distributed not only from school buildings, but also community parks, bus stops, and in some cases, delivered directly to homes by food service staff.
Program operators continually revised their operations to meet the needs of families while continuing to provide safe meals that maintained program integrity. CNS staff acted as liaisons between program operators and the USDA to advocate for the changing dynamics communities were facing and advocated for waivers and flexibilities to allow programs to better serve children.
OSPI would like to thank the child nutrition heroes who persisted against many challenges during the pandemic. You have been the rock in every community you serve and we celebrate your heroism during this past year. Congratulations!
We want to recognize and thank our head cooks, cooks, sub cooks, the food service secretary and others who helped distribute and deliver meals. Thank you so much for a job well done!!
No Cost Meals
No cost breakfast and lunch will be served to students again this year under the Community Eligible Progran /USDA. Snacks are provided to students who participate in after school educational programs at no cost. This is a benefit for all our children.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable ProgramThe purpose of the program is to:
The Toppenish School District Food Service Department is happy to announce the following schools have been awarded the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program again this year, 2018-19: Kirkwood Elementary, Garfield Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Valley View Elementary.
- Create a healthier school environment by providing healthy food choices.
- Expand the variety of produce students consume.
- Increase students' produce consumption.
- Make a difference in students' diets to impact their present and future health.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program will be offered to all students at these four schools every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, except during holidays, early release days, and conference week.
Food Services Director
Food Services Clerk/Assistant
THS & CATS Head Cook
TMS Head Cook
Karla Villa Trejo
Kirkwood Elementary & Preschool Head Cook
Garfield Elementary Head Cook
Lincoln Elementary Head Cook
Valley View Elementary Head Cook