About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the Wilmington School Food Service Program is to serve adequate and nutritious foods that support academic success and encourage lifelong healthy eating patterns.


The Wilmington School Food Service Program consists of eight on-site kitchens - two kindergartens, four elementary, one middle school and one high school. The Food Service Administrator's Office is located at Wilmington High School.

The Food Service Program currently serves lunches at all school and provides before/after school feeding for the CARES program at the two kindergartens and four elementary schools. We strive to meet the needs of all students, both nutritionally and socially, by serving meals in a welcoming, pleasant atmosphere.

The School Lunch Program

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. Congress created the NSLP after an investigation into the health of young men rejected in the World War II draft revealed a connection between physical deficiencies and childhood malnutrition. Congress enacted the 1946 National School Lunch Act as a “measure of national security, to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation's children.” Our school lunch program complies with the United States Department of Agriculture's food based menu-planning system and nutrient standards, providing meals that meet 1/3 of the RDA (recommended dietary allowance) for calories, as well as required levels of other key nutrients, including fat, saturated fat, protein, vitamin A & C, iron, and calcium. Hot lunches are served daily in all the schools. Students may choose from a variety of lunch options including alternate meals at all grade levels. The high school has more choices including a salad bar and a pizza line. The middle and the high schools also have a snack bar with a wide variety of approved snack items.

Meal Components and Nutrient Information

There are meal components and quantities that must be offered to all students. We are required to serve foods that meet very strict dietary specifications, including limited the amount of sodium in foods, decreasing the number of calories and saturated fats, serving foods that are made with whole grains, and offering an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables on our menu.

Offer Versus Serve

Students in grades K-12 have the opportunity to select the items they would like to eat. This is called “offer versus serve”. Offer versus Serve was created to reduce plate waste and allow students to select foods they intend to eat. Under OvS a student is able to refuse two of the five food components offered to them at lunch, but they must take either a fruit or vegetable selection. The five food components that must be offered at lunch include: meat/meat alternate, grains that are whole grain rich, vegetable, fruit, and milk. They are able to refuse one of the four food items offered to them at breakfast under OvS, but also take a fruit or vegetable. The answer is we must make sure the students are selecting enough food to fulfill the requirements to meet the nutrient standards set forth in the federal meal programs. We also must make sure each student is taking a meal that meets the regulatory guidelines under OvS.

Our cafeteria staff has been very proactive with these nutrition initiatives and has been providing students with a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables daily. 

Department Operating Status

Wilmington School Food Service Department is a self-supporting department within the School Department. All food and equipment purchases, most maintenance, all salaries including the Director and Secretary are paid from the Foodservice revolving account. Revenues obtained are used solely for the support and improvement of the School Food Service Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees and applicants for the employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination complaint form, found on line at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send you completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjunction, 1400 Independence Ave., S. W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9420, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Food Service Staff Directory

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