Food Services

The standards align school meals with the latest nutritional science and the real world circumstances of Americas' schools. Presently, Congress is moving to reauthorize the school nutrition standards that were adopted in 2010 to continue to address the nation's childhood obesity crisis. Over 30 million children are served school lunch daily, and over 5 billion lunches are served annually. Federal subsidies account for over 11 billion dollars to the school districts, and 1.3 billion dollars in commodity foods. The National School Lunch Program, NSLP is operating in over 99,500 schools & child care facilities. As the reauthorization moves forward, some remain opposed to the federal funding, and challenge the aggressive implementation of the HHFKA standards. This year the house voted to hold the sodium and whole grain targets that were previously set, these aggressive targets have been put on hold for another two years.

While school food operations continue to prioritize streamlining and stretching limited resources, balancing nutritional integrity, and budget crunching remain the most pressing issues. The school food meal programs have endured negative stereotyping for decades. Now faced with enrollment and participation declines, the rising costs of food, labor, benefits, and unfunded federal mandates. Here we are focusing on what we can do. At Palisades, our food service program continues to evolve. Students today enjoy a high level of responsibility for their own food choices as well as provide input. Our cafeteria employees are here to serve our students, many have dedicated their careers to this profession. Our food service department faces the challenge of creating menu items that are nutritious, while proving acceptable to some of the toughest food critics ever faced. With the required food reformulations our suppliers continue to see new product development as both an opportunity and a challenge. We continue to purchase high quality products, we serve name brands such as Jennie-O, Tyson, Maid-rite, Rich's , Land o' Lakes, McCain, Sunny fresh, and Del Monte. We continue to look forward to progressive menu changes. Our objective is to cook up delicious meals, bring in new menu items, and filter out the meals that the students don't care for and may not purchase. We conduct student taste tests, food surveys, and hold routine food focus groups. We are also installing a cafeteria suggestion box at each of the buildings. We continue to enhance making healthy choices, through our wellness committees, providing education about nutrition, cooking, gardening, and physical activity. 

Please review the cafeteria menu with your child to help them plan for a balanced meal. Each Tuesday, with the purchase of a complete lunch, the meal will be served with homemade soup. Each Wednesday, with the purchase of a complete lunch, the meal will be served with a homemade scratch baked dessert. We offer additional snacks, soft pretzels, goldfish crackers, fruit cups, baked chips, yogurt sticks. These items follow the nutritional guidelines. We can limit or restrict additional purchases on your child's lunch account. If you have additional questions about the breakfast or lunch program, you may contact your cafeteria crew chief directly or my office at 610 847-5131 ext. 5002.

We invite you to visit our cafeterias, and join us for breakfast or lunch. Please call your building secretary in advance, and review the time and procedure to arrive in the cafeteria.

Gerry Giarratana
Director of Food Services, Transportation and Warehouse
email: [email protected]

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA's TARGET Center at {202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:

from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant's name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410


2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442


3.Email: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.