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SCHOOL YEAR 2023/2024

We are so thrilled to be back in the kitchen and cooking for our students in school this year! Students in all of our schools will be able to enjoy meals in the cafeteria this year! Breakfast protocols are different at each school. Some schools serve breakfast in the classroom, others at kiosks, and still others through the cafeteria line. Every school is different and may not have the same protocol when compared to another school. If you have a specific concern or question about your student's meals or what is happening in that kitchen, you are encouraged to reach out to the kitchen manager at that school for more information. Due to GCPS participating in the CEP program, all meals are available at no cost to students this year. That means FREE! While we are facing some set backs with supply chain disruptions and shortages, we still strive to provide students with a balanced, nutritious meal every single day. It's hard to learn when you're hungry, so we invite all students to participate in our daily school nutrition offerings. We look forward to serving you back in the cafeteria!

Virginia Harvest of the Month

Virginia Harvest of the Month is a program that is designed to increase awareness of and promote the preparation and consumption of local, seasonal fruits and vegetables. As a team, the GCPS' School Nutrition Department will do its best to incorporate each month's harvest onto the menu.

Click the link below to see a month by month breakdown of the Virginia Harvest of the Month, complete with fun facts each month!

VDOE Harvest of the Month Graphic 

October's Harvest of the Month is:



Apples are among the most popular fruits in the world! There are thousands of varieties worldwide but the most popular locally tend to be Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Gala, Honey Crisp, and Stayman just to name a few! Different kinds of apples can be used for different things. Some are best eaten raw while others are best for baking and still others are best for making apple butter or applesauce. Apples can be consumed in a variety of ways, including raw, as applesauce, in dishes such as salads or sandwiches, baked with spices, in baked goods, or as apple juice or cider. Apples are naturally lower in calories, with a medium apple coming in under 100 calories, and are a good source of fiber, Vitamin C, and antioxidants. Virginia is known for its many apple orchards. Apple picking can be a fun family event! Travel to the orchard or head to your local farmer's market or grocery store to get some tasty apples. Apples will be appearing on all menus this month!