a message from our food service manager
Our mission in the ICS Food Service department begins from the perspective that food is medicine and that is a gift from the Creator. We strive to promote and serve our student body wholesome meals that are both pleasing to the palate and nutritious. Through our participation in the USDA’s Breakfast and Lunch Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grant (FFVP) and after school snack program, we provide our students with a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as delicious entrees that are in line with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. We make it a priority to minimize the amount of pre-manufactured foods that we serve our students with a goal to serve over 60% of our meals made from scratch and without artificial preservatives.
To support this goal we work with local farmers to procure naturally raised ground beef, buffalo, fresh apples and other produce. We also participate in CSA’s (Community Shared Agriculture groups) such as Growing Power, Inc to support local growers and to ensure the most nutritious meals for our students and reduce our carbon footprint impact on Mother Earth.
One of the important traditions at ICS is the feast-style meal. We celebrate the changing of the seasons, the harvesting and gathering of the Creator’s gifts during an all-school family style feast. We give thanks for the Creator for the gifts bestowed upon us in the form of foods. The meal consist of traditional foods such as buffalo, turkey, the 3 sisters and berries.
Please feel free to check out the rest of the Food Service department web page for recipes, nutrition information and helpful tips throughout the year.
Let food be thy medicine,
Natalia Woehl, M.ed, RD. CD.
ICS Food Service Manager