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lunch + snack

APPLICATION FOR EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS (for reduced + free student lunches)

Prairie Creek students take a mid-morning snack break and a mid-day lunch break together every day.

Students pack their own snacks from home. Prairie Creek urges families to provide nutritious, high-protein snacks in order to sustain their kids' energies through the day. Keep in mind, too, that teachers notice personality and behavior changes after some children have eaten a quantity of sugar, and most seem steadier without it.

Milk to go along with snack is available for purchase and is provided at no cost to kindergartners.

We encourage reusable or recyclable containers that don't add to the school's waste stream, rather than prepackaged snacks. Neither refrigeration nor microwaving is available for snacks or home-packed lunches.

Lunches and Breakfasts

For lunch & breakfast students can either order a meal from the school's lunch & breakfast service or pack one from home.

Our lunch and breakfast service offers a creative meal that's planned with students' taste buds and energetic bodies in mind. Our chefs at Done Right Food understand the importance of flavorful, kid-friendly meals packed with good taste and sound nutrition. They create menus featuring simple ingredients: whole-grain sandwiches with lean meats and cheeses; green leafy salads; fresh fruits and vegetables with dips; nourishing soups and other hot entrees that never include breaded chicken products, highly processed or fast foods, corn dogs, frozen pizza, or french fries. We offer a vegetarian option every day.

Parents, order lunches, breakfasts and milks in advance from school. Simply read through the upcoming menu (there's a link at the top of this page), then fill out and return the order form. Your advance payment for meals and drinks should be included when you return these forms to school.

For students who bring lunches from home, milk is available on the order form.

We invite families who send lunches for their kids to join the school's waste-free food service by:
-Packing student meals in lunch boxes or reusable sacks
-Putting food in reusable food and drink containers that students can bring back home, wash, and use again
-Including only cloth napkins (or none at all) and reusable utensils
-Instructing kids who bring prepackaged items to repack the trash and bring it back home


The milk served at school is local and hormone-free, and comes from Hastings Creamery Coop. We offer milk in a variety of fat contents to suit students' tastes, as well as lactose-free milk.

The price of a school lunch (which includes milk) is $3.45 and breakfast is $1.75
Milk for snack and home-packed lunches is $.30
Snack milk and breakfast is free for kindergartners

Families are encouraged to complete applications for free or reduced-price student meals and turn them in to the office. Prairie Creek will notify you if your family meets the income qualifications. This process is completely confidential.

Volunteer food service
At Prairie Creek's lunch service, there can never be too many cooks in the kitchen! The program operates with volunteer labor: two parents serve lunch and clean up the kitchen every day. The benefits of this arrangement are many: meal prices stay low, servers get better acquainted with students as they come through the line and around the tables, and parents get to mix and mingle with each other as they work together feeding the school.

We ask that each family consider taking a shift each month (from 11:30 am-12:15 pm), especially if  their kids order lunches. Sign up by contacting our Lunch Coordinator.

Waste-free food service

Prairie Creek follows a waste-free food program. The school has embraced this approach by investing in a commercial-grade dishwasher that enables us to use only washable dishes, flatware, and serving utensils, as well as providing the means for easy clean-up by our parent volunteers.

Through our school's Go Green Initiative, we compost all food, napkins, and milk cartons used in the lunch service.

Parent tip

If you’re shopping for food containers, some of our parents who pack from home recommend Laptop Lunch boxes. These nifty boxes have several made-to-fit containers inside, for various dry and wet items, plus utensils, and they’re BPA- and lead-free, and dishwasher safe.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,
color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;

(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)        email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.