About Food and Nutrition Services
Building a Healthier Student Body is the mission of the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) department, The Zone. The mission represents our commitment of providing nutritious meals to help students succeed and build a healthy foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
About The Zone
FNS is one of the largest district departments with more than 600 full and part-time employees located at the District Office and within each of the schools. Each school kitchen has its own unique identity, but is still a part of the FNS team and follows the same menu, standards, policies and procedures.
We are a self-funded department, using only federal funds, grants, and monies generated from the sale of school meals and catering to provide a nutritious, low cost school lunch and breakfast to Pasco County students. We operate much like a food service business with established annual goals and strategic plans. We pride ourselves on food safety, winning an award last year for our outstanding food safety training program. Each of our managers is nationally-certified in food safety, and all employees attend a 10-hour course in food safety and sanitation. To view your child's latest school food safety health inspection reports click here.
We are organized with an administrative staff located at the District Office in Land O’ Lakes, and self-contained production kitchens in each school. Each elementary school has a staff that consists of one FNS manager and support staff. Secondary schools are staffed with one FNS manager, an FNS assistant manager and support staff. Support staff includes FNS assistants and production assistants.
In the District Office, the administrative staff is organized into six areas including operations, financial support, nutrition/menu support, professional development/marketing support, school support and technology support. Together, the administrative staff helps develop healthy menus, establish meal standards, design new schools/remodels, review food service operations, run Pasco County shelters, develop marketing/promotional programs, establish professional development programs and assist with school-based technology support and training.
Pasco County FNS offers breakfast, lunch, summer feeding, and after-school snacks programs to Pasco County students enrolled in public and charter schools, day cares, Headstart and Early Headstart programs, and infant feeding programs. We also offer an Adult Meal Program for administrators and their staff, and cater meals for school-based functions. We serve approximately 2.25 million student breakfasts and 6.2 million lunches annually.
- During the 2010 summer, we expanded our Summer Food Service program offering free meals to students all summer long. More than 4,400 students participated, compared to a little more than 2,000 in the previous year.
- Crews Lake Middle and Gulfside Elementary schools earned the more than $10,000 from the Florida Dairy Council 2009-2010 Breakfast Equipment Grants to expand or improve their innovative breakfast programs.
- Chasco Elementary School was awarded the 2010 Rise and Shine Breakfast Award for its breakfast promotion efforts by the Dairy Council of Florida.
- James M. Marlowe Elementary School was awarded the Community Humanitarian Award by the Florida School Nutrition Association for its efforts in collecting more than 1,200 peanut butter and jelly jar for its annual food drive themed “Feed a Belly with Peanut Butter and Jelly.”
- Schrader Elementary and JW Mitchell High schools earned $7,000 from first and second place in the Florida Dairy Council 2008 Expanding Breakfast Award.
- Gulf Middle and Cypress Elementary schools earned almost $8,000 from the Florida Dairy Council 2008-09 Breakfast Equipment Grants to expand or improve their innovative breakfast programs.
- In 2009-2010, Food and Nutrition Services revised its website and made available for the first time an online Free and Reduced Price meal application for Pasco County families.
- Received the 2009 United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Best Practice Award in Customer Service for its innovative Elementary Color-Wheel Program.
- Received the 2008 USDA Best Practice Award in Food Safety for its creative approach in food safety training for all FNS employees.
- Recognized as “2009 Top Five Most Vegetarian Friendly” Public School Districts in the United States for its healthy school lunch program.
- Earned the 2003 USDA Best Practice Award for its Creative Utilization of Commodities for effectively incorporating commodity fruits in the school nutrition program.
- A member of the largest school purchasing cooperative for school food service in the nation.
- Participate in Provision 2 Breakfast providing free breakfast to almost 32,000 students in 32 schools county-wide.
- Partners with the Pasco County Health Department and the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital, offering dietetic students field experiences in school food service as a part of the dietetic internship.
- Received $250 thousand from 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to replace outdated food service equipment and install food safety temperature monitoring systems in school freezers and refrigerators.
- In 2008, received $17,000 from the Florida Department of Education, Food and Nutrition Management, for staff education and training opportunities for school food service employees.
- In 2010, launched the District's Healthy Vending Program with assistance from the Dairy Council of Florida. Sixty refrigerated and non-refrigerated vending machines were installed throughout the county, with a pair of the vending machines installed in each of the secondary schools.
Current meal prices
Reduced Price Breakfast: $0.30
Reduced Price Lunch: $0.40
Full Price Breakfast
Full Price Lunch
Secondary Classic: $2.60
Secondary Alternative: $3.00
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