Lunch and Nutrition

Lunch Updates - COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have altered our lunch program.

If you do not want to pack lunch for your child, you may order from Hoboken Hot Bagels or Alfalfa. Food deliveries from other restaurants will not be permitted. Lunch arrangements are between families and the food establishments; you will need to follow the rules and guidance provided by the establishments themselves.
The Pizza Friday program is back for the 2021-2022 school year!

Lunch/Snack Guidelines & Nutrition Policy

All Saints Episcopal Day School is committed to healthy nutritional practices for children, and believes that schools and families must work in partnership in this regard. We believe that schools have a special obligation to lead the way in promoting sound and healthy eating habits in our children.

Parents are asked to provide their children with healthy, nutritious snacks and lunch, in accordance with our Nutrition Policy. Please do not send candy, soda, gum or other sticky treats to school with your child.
Families are also asked to send in lunch items that do not require the use of a microwave. Reheating and heating cannot be accommodated.

The list below reflects current best nutrition practices supported by health organizations such as the American Dietetic Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. These snacks are appropriate for young children during the course of a typical school day. The specific foods that children eat while in school can influence their ability to focus and stay on task. Nutrition can impact your child’s learning. It’s preferable for children to consume foods that are both minimally processed and low in sugar to help keep blood glucose, and in turn behavior, at relatively constant levels. If you do purchase processed foods (anything that isn’t directly from nature) please read the ingredient labels. Make sure that the food does not contain hydrogenated fat, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial color and flavor. As a general guideline, if sugar, corn syrup, fructose, or high fructose corn syrup is the first ingredient on the label, the food is not an appropriate snack. The list also considers dental health, so foods that get stuck in the teeth are contraindicated during the school day. It’s best for children not to eat these foods when they do not have access to tooth brushes.

No mention of nutrition is ever complete without considering physical activity. What you eat (energy/calories in) and what you do with your body, or physical activity, (energy/calories out) is a balancing act that determines your weight and muscle mass. Children’s activity levels have dramatically decreased over the last several decades, while their calorie intake has increased. The result: childhood obesity and its accompanying health consequences are on the rise. The main culprits in childhood obesity are insufficient outdoor play and organized sports; inordinate television, video game, and computer time; and excessive beverage intake -- including soda and juice. The drink of choice is water.

In the event that a child brings a snack or lunch item that is not aligned with the nutrition policy in place at the school, the teacher will send a reminder notice in the child’s lunchbox. This notice will contain suitable alternatives for parental consideration.

Preferred Snack List
  • Fresh, raw vegetables, cut into bite-size pieces
  • Seeds (in their shells whenever possible)
  • Hard-cooked eggs
  • Soups
  • Vegetable or bean dips
  • Whole grain crackers, breadsticks, bread
  • Popcorn, rice cakes, tortilla chips
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Deli Meats
  • Fresh, seasonal fruit
  • Water
Snack Ideas (always serve with water)
  • Whole grain breadsticks wrapped with turkey
  • Whole grain crackers with Cheddar, Swiss, or Muenster cheese
  • Sliced, hard-cooked eggs on rice cakes
  • Yogurt smoothies
  • Yogurt with granola or fruit
  • Sunflower seeds (in their shells) and apples
  • Graham crackers with sun butter
  • Whole wheat pita bread with hummus (mashed chick peas) or babaganoush (mashed, roasted eggplant)
  • Sliced, red peppers with ranch dressing or herb dips (made with yogurt or sour cream)
  • Ready-to-eat whole grain, non-sugared cereal with milk
  • Blue tortilla chips with mild salsa
  • Fresh figs stuffed with soft cheese
  • Plain yogurt with cucumber slices and fresh mint
  • Brown rice cooked in organic, low-sodium chicken broth and added to tomato soup

As many students have nut allergies, all parents are asked to alert teachers when snacks or lunch items contain nuts. Teachers and staff responsible for lunch duty will raise classroom awareness and designate a peanut-free table for use by students who have allergies. All items at this table will be checked each day prior to students beginning their lunch.  In classes or grade levels with severe allergies, the teacher may ask for all students to refrain from sending items with specific ingredients.