Food Services

Food Services Meal Application, English

Letter to Parents, Free or Reduced Price Meal Information, English

Food Services Meal Application, Spanish

Letter to Parents, Free or Reduced Price Meal Information, Spanish 

Nutrition - Food Services Policy

Non-Discrimination Statement-English, USDA

Non-Discrimination Statement-Spanish, USDA


Under the direction of Julie Metz, Head Cook, nutritious meals are prepared for our students and employees each school day. Approximately 567 students from grades K-12 eat breakfast and lunch daily. The Food Service Department operates with revenues from daily meal sales, state reimbursement and federal resources. 

Along with Mrs. Metz, Nora Wynhoff and Tiffany Seward assist with meal preparation for our primary school students. Ruth Faulconer, Assistant Head Cook at our middle school, oversees meal preparation with help from Karey Courtney and Holly Osborn. Jackie Dumolt and KathyJo Randall, the high school cooks, prepare two entree choices for our high school students to select from along with a fresh salad bar each day.

In January 2012, at the direction of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act passed by Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a rule establishing a new, science-based nutrition standard for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. These standards are based on the recommendations of doctors, nutritionists, and other experts, and are designed to ensure that taxpaper-funded school meals reinforce the efforts of parents who are trying to instill their children with healthy eating habits and lifestyles in the face of the nation's growing child obesity epidemic.

The new standards identify the healthy ranges for five categories of food--fruits, vegetables, grains, meats or meat alternatives, and fluid milk as well as the healthy ranges for total calories, saturated and trans fats, and sodium. For the grains and the meats/meat alternative components, there are science-based, age-appropriate daily minimum quantities, as well as weekly minimum and maximum quantities for total calories. The Goldendale School District must comply with the new standards and our menus have been revised to meet the new standards effective January 2013.

A special emphasis has been placed on providing fresh vegetables every day and the students like this when served with a small portion of ranch low-fat dressing. Fruit is also served every day, along with an entree, a whole grain food and milk. Water is available for meals also. None of our menu items are deep-fried. In order to stay within the constraints of the food services budget, the majority of our food products are received through the USDA Commodity program at the best economical cost to our taxpayers. The district participates in a state food cooperative to obtain a discount on other purchased food products necessary to complete the menu requirements. Also, our cooks buy fresh produce and fruit at the two local grocery stores each week as needed.

Families are encouraged to complete an application for free or reduced price meals each year and return it to any school office. Not only does this program help our families in these difficult economic times but this information also assists the school district when applying for grants that benefit all of our students in many ways other than the Food Services program.

If you have any questions regarding the food service program, please feel free to contact us:

Contact Information:

Lori Hackbarth, Food Service Director
(509) 773-5177

Julie Metz, Head Cook - Goldendale Primary School
(509) 773-4665

In accordance with Federal law, the Goldendale School District is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provides access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to John Westerman, Title IX, ADA/504 Director, Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying Compliance Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Officer of Goldendale School District No. 404, 525 Simcoe Drive, Goldendale WA 98620 or call (509) 773-5846 or email to Goldendale School District is an equal opportunity employer, complies with all Federal Rules and Regulations, and does not discriminate for all district employment opportunities. Goldendale School District is an equal opportunity employer, complies with all Federal Rules and Regulations, and does not discriminate for all district programs and employment opportunities.

De acuerdo con la ley federal, el distrito escolar de Goldendale está prohibido discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, orientación sexual, expresión de género, identidad de género, credo, religión, edad, veterano o situación militar, discapacidad o el uso de un perro guía entrenado o animal de servicio por una persona con una discapacidad, y proporciona acceso a los Boy Scouts of America y otros grupos juveniles designados. Para presentar una queja de discriminación, escriba a John Westerman, Título IX, ADA / 504 Director de, acoso, intimidación y Oficial de Cumplimiento La intimidación y el Oficial de Cumplimiento de los Derechos Civiles del distrito escolar de Goldendale No. 404, 525 Simcoe Drive, Goldendale WA 98620 o llame al (509) 773-5846 o por correo electrónico a El Distrito escolar de Goldendale es un empleador de igualdad de oportunidades, cumple con todas las reglas y regulaciones federales, y no discrimina por todas las oportunidades de empleo de distrito. Distrito escolar de Goldendale es un empleador de igualdad de oportunidades, cumple con todas las reglas y regulaciones federales, y no discrimina a contra los programas del distrito y las oportunidades de empleo.

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: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.