Dear Fellow Parents,

We know firsthand how great it can be for your child to have a special hot lunch at school and for your family to have a break from preparing lunch! With this in mind, we are very excited to announce that the APA will be offering hot lunches twice a month on the following dates:

Friday – September 28, 2018
Friday – October 12, 2018
Friday – October 26, 2018
Friday – November 16, 2018
Friday – November 30, 2018
Thursday – December 13, 2018

While we plan to continue with the hot lunch program throughout the year, we intend to review everything at the end of the fall term and make any necessary adjustments before setting all of the dates and menus for the New Year.

We have made some important changes to the hot lunch program this year. Please read on to find out more!

Ordering Deadlines

All orders must be submitted by 5pm on the Friday before the upcoming hot lunch date. We know that you have a lot going on so we will be sure to send you two email reminders before each deadline. We will also post reminders on the APA Facebook page. Join here if you aren’t already a member: APA on Facebook

New Hot Lunch Providers

You’ve told us that healthy options, variety, value and age-appropriate portion sizes are important to you. With that in mind, we’ve come up with some wonderful new hot lunch providers that we believe can deliver what you’re looking for. We will be trying out a few different vendors over the course of the fall term and we’ll send you more information once the MunchaLunch system goes live. If you have any feedback along the way, options you love or things that could be better, please reach out and let us know!

Environmental Efforts (Updated Sept 12)

With Aspengrove’s values of principled global citizenship in mind, we’ve decided to make an ambitious and worthwhile change in how our hot lunches are served. We hope that you’ll be excited to join us in our efforts to reduce packaging and food waste. This year, we will be asking our vendors to deliver food in bulk wherever possible. The hot lunch items will then be served directly to students. In addition to feeling good about reducing your environmental footprint, you’ll also be able to feel good about the cost savings that we will be able to pass along to you because of our vendors’ reduced packaging costs.

Volunteers Needed

Parent (and grandparent!) volunteers are an integral part of the hot lunch delivery process. We need your help to make each hot lunch day run smoothly. Whether you can offer your time for one hot lunch or several, we would very much appreciate your help and we promise, the big smiles and full tummies of our kids make it all worthwhile. In order to make volunteering as easy and effortless as possible, we have created an online sign up which can be accessed here: Volunteer!

MunchaLunch

We will be using the MunchaLunch online ordering system again this year. We will send out an email to let you know when the system is online and you can begin ordering those tasty hot lunches! You will also be able to pay the one-time Enviro Fee through the MunchaLunch system.

Any Questions?

Please send us an email! We’d love to hear from you at apa@aspengroveschool.com

Yours Truly,

Dawn King, Hot Lunch Coordinator
& Aspengrove Parents’ Association