At the Hampton School District we work with your children to choose healthy options by serving a variet of fresh fruits and vegetables. We also understand the importance of purchasing local products and are proud to share with you that our apples and other seasonal fruits are purchased from Applecrest Farm. Our eggs are from Wiggin Farm in Stratham. And currently, we are working with Eastman Fish Market in Seabrook to integrate fresh and local fish into the lunch program
Whenever possible we infuse our salad bar with produce purchased locally. Every day your child has access to a salad bar that features lettuce, tomato, broccoli, cucumbers, cheese, peppers, onionsc carrots, sliced eggs, croutons (made fresh every week), cottage cheese, and fresh and canned fruit. The salad bar features two salad dressings.
Did you know that in 2009 we introduced fat free milk in addition to 1% and this year the amount of fat free milk almost doubled?
Breakfast and Snack Time
Elementary students are offered apples, oranges, cereal, granola bars, Ritz Bits, cheese crackers, milk and juice. Snacks are eaten in the classroom. Please note that there are peanut-free classrooms. Middle School students are offered breakfast specials for $1.50 or may purchase snacks. Students that qualify for reduced lunch pay only $.30 for breakfast. Students who qualify for free lunch can also receive a free breakfast. We offer several snack items: Nutrigrain bars, rice cakes and whole grain PopTarts. Yogurt parfaits are $.65 and available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We also offer freshly baked muffins daily.
Over the past few years we have started to integrate whole wheat products into the program. Whole wheat bread is used with PB&J and when we serve hamburgers. Most of our pizza products feature whole wheat crust and we are currently switching to whole wheat pasta. Our most recent addition of whole wheat is our waffles and pancakes. Also, when we serve chicken (nuggets, patties and tenders) they are battered with whole grain or soy batter. For the past year we have been whipping peanut butter with sun butter - a healthier alternative to peanut butter. By next year we will be using 100% sun butter. We have found that children are more accepting of change if it is done gradually.