Each semester, The Lunch Mom (TLM Catering) provides a menu and an order form to parents at the school. Parents have the option of choosing lunch any number of days/week they wish (depending on the school’s hot lunch requirements). There is very little school staff involvement in the ordering process required. Forms are distributed by parents, and returned by parents to a “hot lunch bin” in the office, where they are picked up by TLM staff.
Unlike some hot lunch programs, all children have the SAME lunch every day. This helps ensure that each participating child has the opportunity to try new, healthy foods. FOODS ARE GROUPED LOOSELY BY DAY TO HELP WITH FUSSY EATERS – for example, Pasta Day, Vegetarian Day, Lots of Chicken Day, Beef Lover Day, and of course, Friday is Fun Lunch Day.
Gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free, and egg-free options are provided upon request. There is no pork used in the preparation of any foods served by TLM Catering.
SOME DETAILS REGARDING FOOD DELIVERY:
The program is an environmentally GREEN service. Children are served on real plates and use real flat-wear. These dishes are scraped at the end of the meal into green bins, and returned to the catering kitchen for washing. There is very little wasted food, as the children are able to modify their meals at service (for example, they can choose to have one or two scoops of rice, more vegetables, less pasta or sauce, etc). Food waste is removed by the servers from the school to be composted so there is no extra garbage for school staff.
Children are served quickly and efficiently by our Hot Lunch servers who allow for some modification of the lunches (more/less sauce, more salad etc.). Food is delivered in insulated carriers and only opened at the start of lunch service. This caterer-served meal delivery process ensures that the child’s meal is nice and hot when they get it, and that there are second servings available for bigger appetites.
SOME DETAILS REGARDING FOOD PREPARATION:
All ground meat is first roasted and drained of all fat.
Only extra lean beef is used (tacos, meatballs, etc).
Tomato sauce and stocks are all homemade, and include a variety of “hidden” pureed vegetables.
All food is trans-fat free.
All food items are seed and nut-free.
All dishes are prepared using low sodium and low sugar recipes.
WHAT IF MY CHILD DOESN’T LIKE HOT LUNCH AFTER SIGNING UP?
Don’t worry! With a super picky child of my own, I totally understand! If your child tries hot lunch and hates it, just contact me and we will work out a refund. Though we hope you will be happily surprised at the things your child may eat when his/her classmates are eating the same meal!