Francis Parker School places the highest priority on serving balanced, nutritious food in both our Mission Hills and Linda Vista Campus cafeterias, and also in helping to educate our students about the importance of maintaining a healthy diet.
Lunches consist of hot entrees, fresh salad, fruit, and soup bars, and a wide variety of side dishes. Lunch is included in the cost of tuition and is served fresh every school day.
The Parker Café also has a special events menu for any on-campus events.
Food Services on Green Mission: Save Containers
Light-green plastic containers — new this year at Parker — are an instant hit for grab-and-go lunches and snacks. But they need a little love. José Santiago, food service director, is fighting to save them from trash bins.
"We're pretty much [going] green-green," Santiago says, and paper cups and containers have been shed this year. The plastic containers — 9 inches long, 6¼ inches wide and 2½ inches deep — are meant for reuse. They are washed daily, along the small plastic cups that replaced the paper ones.
To make returns easier, Santiago says carts are stationed at the Associated Student Body office as well as in the Middle School and Upper School commons. Students and staff can leave containers (and dishes) there.
A Healthy Menu
In 2007-2008, Francis Parker School engaged a registered dietician to study, analyze, and make dietary recommendation on our lunch and snack services. Today, Parker Food Services offers a balanced diet that meets or exceeds all of the recommended daily allowances for our target age groups.
We have cut down on fat, packaged foods, foods with preservatives, and most desserts. We have increased our use of homemade soups with fresh materials, baking instead of frying, and serve more nutritious breads, pastas, and sauces. Nutritious snacks are also provided in many Lower School classrooms.