Frederick County High Schools Launch New Lunch Option

Frederick County High Schools Launch New Lunch Option
Posted on 05/10/2019
DecorativeFor Immediate Release
May 10, 2019
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235


Frederick County’s three high schools are launching a new lunch option for students designed to offer additional fresh, healthy food in a setting similar to popular, fast-casual restaurants that appeal to young diners. The new Café+Teria concept, which is being offered thanks to a partnership between Frederick County Public Schools and Cuisine Solutions, was implemented at Millbrook High School on May 6. It will be launched at James Wood High School on May 13 and Sherando High School on May 20.

Frederick County Public Schools Supervisor of School Nutritional Services Jennifer Setney says, “We are very excited about this new offering and students seem to be enthused about it as well. All three high schools are devoting one of their cafeteria lines to Café+Teria. Students selecting this meal option will be able to build a nutritious meal by picking ingredients in four steps. They will select a base of grain, salad or wrap; a protein such as antibiotic-free chicken, ground beef or Paneer cheese; a topping of vegetables, cheese and sauces; and a dressing. The Café+Teria lunch will cost students the same as any other school lunch option, just $2.85. The meal is also available to staff for $3.55.”

Café+Teria provides students with additional allotted amounts of vegetables and will likely increase their vegetable consumption. In addition to providing each high school with the recipes, proteins and operating procedures for Café+Teria, Cuisine Solutions has worked with the schools on branding and marketing the new concept. Each of the Café+Teria lines will be decorated with a distinctive, modern look.

Setney says, “In addition to providing a more modern dining experience that is appealing to our students, the concept will also offer a selection of international cuisines such as Thai, Mexican and Italian on a rotating basis. This will expand our food offerings and also help address menu fatigue. Another important aspect to this concept is the recipes are low in sodium, fat and sugar.”

All of Frederick County’s schools offer school breakfast and lunch each day. The school division serves approximately 9,000 meals daily which equates to about 1.5 million meals annually. Eligible families may apply to participate in the free and reduced meals program at any time. Applications for the program are available via www.frederick.k12.va.us. Anyone with questions about the program or eligibility requirements should contact School Nutritional Services at 540-662-3888 ext. 88109.