Packed & Hot Lunches
Students may bring packed lunches from home or purchase a hot lunch and milk from the school cafeteria. "Fast food" lunches may not be delivered to the students. Pop is never permitted to be brought to school for lunch. Milk tickets are available to be purchased. The Vikings Cafe offers regular milk, chocolate milk, and strawberry milk options.
Students are given a monthly "Viking Café" menu. The Viking Café offers three lunch choices daily. A main meal option, an alternate meal option, and a third choice PB&J sandwich are offered daily. Hot meals include a main dish (e.g. spaghetti), a vegetable (or other side), fruit, and milk. Additional snacks are also offered for an additional cost of .50-$1.00. Nachos or soft pretzels are usually available on Fridays for an additional $1.00. There are few days during the school year that hot lunches will not be available. Please check your school calendar or Vikings Cafe calendar to determine those days. All children are required to bring a packed lunch to school those days.
Please review the Viking Cafe calendar with your child in advance to determine which menu choices your child would like and which days your child will be buying a hot lunch. Each classroom asks the children the day before how many children will be buying and which menu option the children would like so that the cafeteria can get an accurate count of the food to be made the following day.
Purchasing Lunch & Milk Tickets
Students may only purchase lunches and milk with tickets. A hot lunch menu is sent home each month. Students are required to purchased lunch tickets in advance. Students may purchase lunch tickets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. Money sent in on days other than Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be returned to the teacher and held until the appropriate days. You are urged to purchase lunch and milk tickets by the month or quarter and to keep tickets on hand at home. Money should be sent in an envelope marked with the child's name and homeroom and with the filled out lunch/milk ticket form inside. You may request a lunch/milk ticket form through the school mail or print off one by clicking on the link at the top of this page. Please send in correct change or checks. Checks are to be made out to Sts. Joseph & John School.
During the morning homeroom each day, each student wishing to order a hot lunch that day, must order it and present a ticket. If they are not in the morning lunch count, they will not be permitted to purchase a lunch at lunchtime.
Free/Reduced Hot Lunches
We take part in the National School Lunch Program and some families may qualify for free or reduced lunches. A Form is sent home in the beginning of the year to determine if families qualify for this program.
Lunch & Milk Ticket Cost
Lunch tickets cost $2.75 (includes milk -- no separate milk ticket is necessary) and milk only tickets cost $.50 each.
Single tickets can be purchased on any day before announcements. If a child has forgotten to bring his or her packed lunch, they may borrow a lunch ticket from the SJJ kitchen to be repaid the next day.
What types of side dishes are offered with the main entree?
Side dishes may include fruit or vegetables. The fruit choice may also include 100% fruit juice. To keep our lunches healthier, french fries or potatoes are baked and never fried. Two popular vegetable choices are cooked corn and carrots, however, other vegetables are also offered.
What types of ingredients go into the different entrees?
The Viking Cafe strives to make the hot lunches healthy. Our hot dogs, for example, are 100% turkey. Moreover, many of our items contain 100% whole grain. We, for example, serve whole grain pasta on our pasta days.
What varieties of milk are offered?
As part of our healthy lunches, all of our milk choices are fat free. We offer fat free white milk, chocolate milk, and strawberry milk.
How much time are students given to eat their lunches?
Students in grades 1-8 are given 15 minutes to eat their lunches. Following lunch, the students are given 15 minutes of recess. Kindergarten students receive 20 minutes to eat lunch and 20 minutes for lunch recess.