Addressing School Meal Debt through Sunshine Fund Donations
The Bellevue School District’s Sunshine Fund helps pay negative meal balances for students in need. Since the beginning of the 2022-23 school year when the federal waivers for free meals expired (in part, because of COVID-19), student meal debt is on an alarming rise. Families are asked to review their individual accounts and assist the Sunshine Fund through donations, to potentially decrease food insecurity and support our students and the fund.Read More
Nutrition Services Examining BSD Menus for Sesame Ingredients
In January 2023, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will begin requiring food manufacturers to list a ninth major food allergen, sesame, on their ingredient labels. Upon learning of this upcoming change, Bellevue School District’s Nutrition Services Department began examining our products and recipes for sesame ingredients. Read More
Passport to Flavors of the World Program Launches at BSD Schools
BSD Nutrition Services recently introduced students at Clyde Hill Elementary to the new Passports to Flavors of the World program, which offers a sampling of foods from different regions around the world. Read More
Nutrition Services Overcoming Supply Chain Shortages Through Community-Based Support
In a video interview, BSD Director of Nutrition, Wendy Weyer, shares how the Nutrition Services team has worked to serve over 850,000 free meals to students throughout the pandemic despite supply chain challenges. Read More
BSD Students Make Big Strides Towards Zero Waste
This year twenty-four schools in the Bellevue School District took part in the annual “Cafeteria Challenge” sponsored by the City of Bellevue, Bellevue School District and Bellevue Utilities. Schools competed to produce the least amount of trash sent to landfill, as opposed to recycling or compost. After weighing everything in, Puesta del Sol won the big prize, reducing waste to just 1.77 grams per student – the same weight as a paperclip!Read More
Celebrating Earth Day Every day
Check out all the ways our schools ensure that waste reduction, recycling and composting are practiced and promoted through our Green Genius program.Read More
Preschoolers Experience Taste of Washington Day
Preschoolers at Puesta Del Sol learned about locally grown food for Taste of Washington Day. Read More
Apply for Free or Reduced Priced Meals
Your child(ren) may qualify for free or reduced priced meals as well as other benefits including a waiver for some school fees. Qualification is based on household income.
Elementary Lunch Study Update
This year the district has been exploring options to improve the elementary lunch period, including ongoing work with our parents on this topic.
Exploring Options to Improve Elementary Lunch Period
Students need sufficient time to eat a healthy lunch. As our schools have grown in size, we have found that some students are spending the bulk of their lunch period moving through the lunch line, leaving little time to eat their lunch. We are working on some short and long term solutions to address this concern.