Campus Life

Food Services

The goal of Food Services is to provide students with healthy, balanced mealtime choices to support classroom learning and to provide a solid nutrition education that teaches students how to make a lifetime of sound dietary decisions, including:

  • Certified Free-range/Cage Free Eggs. Because of our commitment to the humane care of farm animals, we offer only Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) certified cage-free shell eggs.
  • Organic, Free-range Poultry. The non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in animal production is a growing public health concern because it decreases the effectiveness of antibiotics to treat diseases in humans. Therefore, we will only serve poultry that has been produced without these drugs.
  • rBGH/rBST Free, Organic Milk. Science and experience has clearly demonstrated that the use of artificial bovine growth hormones in dairy cows is detrimental to the well-being of the animal. The medical community has expressed apprehension that the use of these hormones may also be harmful to human health. Due to these concerns, we now serve only fresh, fluid, 100% organic milk from cows that have been certified to be free of the artificial growth hormones rBGH/rBST.
  • Campus-wide Milk Program. Given the importance of the growing need for sufficient calcium intake during childhood, all students in all grades will have access to two organic milk cartons per day at no cost to the student.
  • Meal Preparation. The menu items which we serve will be prepared fresh, in a 100% “inhouse” kitchen, daily. We will prepare foods from fresh ingredients, limiting the use of processed foods and avoiding artificial colors, flavorings, M.S.G. (monosodium glutamate), preservatives or trans fats. We only purchase high-grade, chemical free proteins, and our fresh ground beef and hamburger is 80% lean.
  • Local/Organic Produce. We have chosen to select our fresh produce from local Texas farmers, when available. In instances where produce is unavailable from a local source, we will ensure that the produce is sourced through an organic farm located within the United States. To support the communities of which we are a part, we make every effort to use seasonal fruits and vegetables grown by the local farmers. This dedication to fresh, healthy cooking lets us meet a wide range of nutrition requirements and standards, including Celiac Compliant (Gluten-free), Vegan, Vegetarian, Kosher, and Hallal.
  • Fresh Salad Bar. Students will have daily access to a fresh salad bar.
  • Elimination of Candy & Unhealthy Snacks. Given the commitment which we have to the well-being and development of our students, we have replaced the candy and unhealthy chips with healthy, yet appealing alternatives, including fresh fruits.
  • Food Allergies/Food Safety. In partnership with the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association, we participate in a continuing education training regimen known as ServSafe. This internationally acclaimed process deals with serving food safely, food allergy awareness, and providing a safe workplace. We are recognized by the National Restaurant Association, and are active members of the Educational Foundation's International Food Safety Council, through the ServSafe program.
  • EpiPen Stations. EpiPen stations are located in both the Student Center and the Lower School MPR, for use in the event of an allergic reaction.

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