GLEN ROCK — The school district is testing a program that would offer students the option to buy an organic lunch once a week.

Glen Rock’s lunch provider, Pomptonian Food Services, kicked off the pilot program last week and will continue to offer an organic option every Thursday through March 31 at each of the district’s schools.

Evaluation of the pilot is simple: If an average of 50 organic lunches are ordered per week, the option will be offered every Thursday during the year. If the program meets that benchmark, Pomptonian also would consider selling organic lunch an additional day during the week.

The cafeterias easily exceeded that target last Thursday, selling more than 130 organic lunches during the pilot’s launch on Jan. 5, Pomptonian said in a release.

The district and Pomptonian developed the idea for an organic menu after its fall meeting to discuss suggestions for the next year’s lunch program, which included significant input from parents through the school’s parent-teacher associations, Glen Rock Superintendent Paula Valenti said.

“Parents requested to be part of the process,” Valenti said. “The organic menu surfaced as an area of interest, and thus the pilot was born.”

The organic meals — which cost $6 compared to the standard lunch price of $3.75 and the $4.25  — include pasta and meatballs, grilled cheese, nachos, cheeseburgers and various vegetarian options.


Matthew Birchenough , Staff Writer, @MattBirchenough 4:14 p.m. ET Jan. 9, 2017