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Food & Nutrition Department

We strive to provide a variety of high quality, tasty meals that incorporate healthy wholesome clean foods to fuel the minds and bodies of all students.

Goals of the Food Service Department
Employing staff that are positive, team orientated and well trained. 
Preparing “home cooked’ meals using our unique and healthy recipes. 
Partnering with local farmers to ensure we use the freshest products available. 
Offering a variety of choices to meet the needs and preferences of our students. 
Working with students to incorporate their feedback on new foods and recipes. 

School Nutrition News: 
The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics published a study finding that school meals are associated with healthier diets. Check out the link for the article:

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services published an article about our new school lunch tray project! Check it out on page 7 of their newsletter: 

Lunch Menus

Our Recipe Box

Farm to School Program

The Food Service Department has implemented a farm to school program! Introducing students to locally sourced, nutrient dense and organic farm fresh foods. Check out the farms below and see what foods are being sourced locally!

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Located in Hollis, NH
Sourcing : Peaches, apples, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini, summer squash, red & green peppers, tomatoes and apple cider. 

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Located in Canterbury, NH 
Certified Organic
Sourcing : Grass fed ground beef burgers, kimchi, pickled vegetables, various types of cheeses, & yogurt, butternut squash, delicata squash, radish, carrots and beets.

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Located in Temple, NH
Sourcing : Pure maple syrup and honey
lēf farms
Located in all the New England States
Sourcing : mixed greens & lettuces 

Allergies & Disabilities

Food Allergy & Disability Information:

The Bedford School District Food Service Department is committed to providing an equal opportunity for all students to participate in the school breakfast and lunch programs. This includes students with allergies, intolerance's and disabilities. Reasonable accommodations for modified meals can be developed on a case by case basis. Students that have a diagnosed allergy, intolerance or disability who would like to participate in the meal programs and need specific accommodations should contact Emily Murphy, Director of School Nutrition, for a modified meal plan.

Please fill out the special meals prescription form (provided below) and contact Emily Murphy, Director of School Nutrition, at 603-472-3755 ext 21242, for further information.

Safe guard procedures grades K-6:

The elementary and intermediate schools are peanut and tree nut safe environments. Common food allergens include eggs, dairy, soy, gluten and fish, which are all served in the meal programs. Gluten free menus are available for celiac students every month and can be emailed to parents. The kitchens do not bring any food items into the schools that contain peanuts or tree nuts. However, food items that are produced in a peanut or tree nut facility are brought into the kitchens and served with the meal services. Each cafeteria has designated a peanut and tree nut free table for students with allergies to eat their lunch safely. 

Safe guard procedures grades 7-12:

The Ross Lurgio Middle School and the Bedford High School are not allergen free kitchens or environments. Nuts, peanuts, eggs, dairy, soy, gluten, fish and shellfish are all served in the meal programs. In an effort to allow students with allergies and intolerance's to safely participate in the meal programs the Food Service Department has implemented a number of safe guard procedures:

·      Monthly menus alert parents, students & staff which menu items contain nuts or peanuts by using a nut icon next to the menu item and a key at the top of the menu.

·      Gluten free menus are available for celiac students every month and can be emailed to parents.

·      On the day of service, a red stop sign is placed in front of the menu item indicating it contains nuts or peanuts.

·      The Meal Magic software system has alerts on each student’s lunch account identifying the allergy, intolerance or disability. When students check out with their meal, cashiers must acknowledge the alert.

·      Each cafeteria has designated a peanut and tree nut free table for students with allergies to eat their lunch safely. 

The Food Service Department is committed to following modified meal plans and all the listed above safeguard procedures. However, the District cannot guarantee a completely allergen free environment and is not responsible if a student consumes or is exposed to their diagnosed allergen or intolerance. For any further questions or concerns please call or contact Emily Murphy, Director of School Nutrition, at 603-472-3755 ext 21242 or email at . Additionally, for further information here is a link to the USDA’s guidelines: Managing Special Dietary Needs for Students with Disabilities

Emily Murphy, RD, LD                                                                            Christine Gabriel                                                                       Cyndi Parker
Director of School Nutrition                                                            School Nutrition Coordinator                                                 School Nutrition Coordinator
603-472-3755 ext 21242                                                                     603-310-9000 ext 33418                                                         603-472-3951 ext 22218                                                                                          

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.