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Welcome letter from our director

Welcome letter 2022-2023


The mission of the Department of Food and Nutrition Services is to alleviate child hunger within the community and increase student achievement by providing and promoting nutritionally balanced food in a caring environment. and friendly.

The Food and Nutrition Services Program does not receive support from the General Fund; the program works by balancing our budget through meal sales, a la carte sales, state/federal reimbursement, and catering.

Who we are

Each of our 15 school kitchens is run by highly trained staff, with food safety and customer service being top priorities. These team members (often the parents of the district students themselves) receive and prepare food, collect cash, serve meals, and keep the kitchen clean.

The Central Kitchen, located in the heart of Hamlin Park, is manned by friendly office staff to answer all your questions, accept payments and process free/reduced meal requests. Foodservice operations at the Central Kitchen are led by our Manager, Jessica Jandayan (Dietitian Nutritionist), Central Kitchen Manager (Executive Chef) and Food Services Supervisor (also Dietitian).

What we do

At Shoreline School District Food and Nutrition Services, our team works together to develop healthy, appetizing meals for our students, often incorporating ideas gathered from students and parents.

Many of our foods are made from scratch using the best ingredients, including low-fat protein, whole-grain pasta, fresh fruits and vegetables, locally sourced breads, and hormone-free milk. Menus are analyzed and recipes adjusted to ensure they meet USDA nutritional guidelines for each age group for calories, sodium and saturated fat.

Salad bars (which include a source of vegan protein) are available daily at all grade levels. A vegetarian starter, in addition to the salad bar, is also on the menu each day. Choice and variety are important to students, so our menu is designed to provide options. Every day there are two entry options at the elementary level, 5-6 entry options available at the middle school level, and 7-8 entry options available at the high school level.

Feeding our students to succeed in school and working alongside parents to develop healthy eating habits is a team effort. We value your feedback as we strive to nurture healthy and successful Shoreline students!

Giving versus serving

A breakfast is made up of 5 basic food components: milk, meat or meat substitute, vegetables, fruit and cereals. Students must select at least 3 of these components for a complete meal (1 of which must be a vegetable or fruit). A breakfast consists of 4 foods: milk, fruit/vegetables, 2 cereals (or 1 grain and 1 meat/meat alternative). Students must select 3 of these items for a complete meal (1 of which must be a vegetable or fruit).

District statistics

The Shoreline School District, which serves the communities of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, has long been known for its quality schools and community involvement. Literally stretching from shore to shore – with Puget Sound to the west and Lake Washington to the east – the district just north of Seattle serves approximately 9,600 students with a very dedicated staff and a mission to help every student reach their full potential.


Producing and serving nutritious, high-quality, economical meals that are acceptable and enjoyable to student customers is as much the core function of school nutrition operations today as they were in 1946 when President Harry S. Truman signed the National School Lunch Act and said, “Nothing is more important in the life of our nation than the well-being of our children, and good nutrition comes first in achieving that well-being.”

Meeting the needs and desires of student clients and adhering to USDA nutritional guidelines while maintaining a financially sound program is the goal and responsibility of the School Nutrition Program. For a more detailed history of the national school lunch and school breakfast programs, please watch this video.