Food & Nutrition Services

School Lunch Hero Day is May 3, 2019

Have you thanked your lunch hero today?

Preparing healthy meals, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and still offering
service with a smile, our nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate!

Gray-New Gloucester School Nutrition staff strive to make lunchtime the favorite part of every student’s day. From their
friendly greetings in the cafeteria and the love they dish out with every student’s meal, to how they encourage kids to
eat more fruits and vegetables, our school nutrition professionals are truly heroes.

Under updated federal nutrition standards, school nutrition staff offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, whole
grains, lean protein and fat free or low fat milk with school lunch. Cafeterias must also limit the sodium, calories and
saturated fat in each meal. Our nutrition professionals have been mixing up the menu and getting students excited
about trying these healthier choices.

School Lunch Hero Day is a nationwide celebration hosted by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular
LUNCH LADY graphic novel series and the School Nutrition. Inspired by his own childhood school lunch hero, Jean J.
Cariglia, Jarrett J. Krosoczka created the popular LUNCH LADY series of graphic novels for kids, starring a crime-fighting
school nutrition professional and her faithful sidekick, Betty.

School Lunch Hero Day gives schools and communities the opportunity to thank the school nutrition professionals who
serve 30 million students each day. Creative ideas, downloads and details are available at
To find out more about your child’s school meals, visit our webpage at

A huge thank you to all my hard working Lunch Ladies!

You are all true heroes!
Wendy Ordway, Food & Nutrition Supervisor


School Nutrition Benefits for Families Impacted by Federal Shutdown

With the federal shutdown impacting numerous Mainers, the Maine Department of Education wants to remind school districts that applications for free and reduced-price meals may be submitted at any time throughout the school year, even during a federal shutdown. If federal employees impacted by the shutdown would like to apply for school meal benefits for their children, they may so do through their local school district.

To apply – A special application can be downloaded from the Maine Department of Education’s website (linked below) and submitted to your local school’s food service program.

Download printable meal benefit application (PDF)

For more information, contact Wendy Ordway, Food & Nutrition Supervisor, MSAD 15 at or 657-9331.


What’s New in Food & Nutrition?

NEW for 2019 look for fresh made Smoothies to be on the menu in all schools!  Some schools have already been serving up these delicious and nutritious shakes to students for breakfast.  Each Smoothie contains yogurt, fruit, 100% fruit juice and a veggie–add a milk and/or grain option and it makes a complete breakfast for students!  Be on the look out for a free taste testing at your school sometime this month!



(Milk Choices included with every School Meal)
Breakfast: Free
Lunch: $2.50
Breakfast: $1.25
Lunch: $2.50
Breakfast: $1.50
Lunch: $2.75
Breakfast: $2.00
Lunch: $4.25
For those who qualify:
Reduced Breakfast – Free
Reduced Lunch – $0.40
Free and Reduced Meal Application

Free and Reduced Meals

All families are encouraged to complete the free and reduced lunch application. An accurate free/reduced count can impact a number of Federal Programs and Grants.   Providing your child with this benefit does not burden the lunch program or the district. Actually, it helps support the program.  Applications may be submitted anytime during the school year.  If you do not qualify at the beginning of the year but experience a loss of job, reduced hours or wages or add members to the household…even temporarily…feel free to submit a new application. 

Information on how to get free or reduced price school meals for your child and the application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals

Wendy Ordway
Food Service Supervisor
14 Shaker Road
Gray, ME 04039
(207) 657-9331 / Fax (207) 657-3329 By Email:

Last update May 3, 2019