MENDHAM TOWNSHIP TEAMS UP TO UPGRADE SCHOOL LUNCH
September 6, 2023, 11:24 am | in
In partnership with Pomptonian Food Services, Mendham aims to provide more diverse and enriching food to students.
Mendham Township, N.J.- This fall, Mendham Township School District (MTSD) collaborated with their already partner, Pomptonian Food Services to upgrade lunch in Mendham. Teaming up means Mendham can serve a broader, healthier array of food to students with a new in-house chef. Likewise, the partnership comes with a new online pay service to make parents’ lives easier when paying for lunch.
Pomptonian Food Services has been in the business of providing quality meals to schools for over 60 years. The company prides itself on serving up the best food for the best price. At Mendham, Pomptonian offerings will include fresh fruits and veggies (including a new salad bar with tuna, chicken, eggs, cheese and more), as well as all-natural options from Boars Head brand deli meats and cheeses. Even the snacks are healthy and delicious with various low and non-fat options for milk, whole wheat and gluten-free selections, and no high fructose corn syrup added.
These options supplement a creative chef’s menu, put together by MTSD’s newest addition to campus: Chef Vinny Gagliastro. Chef Vinny will be in the kitchen all week to prepare special dishes that can be ordered for a slightly higher price than normal lunches, ranging from $5.75 to $6.50 per meal. Dishes on the special list span classic Italian chicken parm sandwiches and baked ziti to stir-fried fajita tacos and pineapple glazed teriyaki chicken served over rice.
“I’m very excited to start cooking at Mendham. I’m lucky that I get to share my love for food with the kids,” said Chef Gagliastro. “We’ve been working hard on putting this new menu together, and it’s going to be exciting to see how the kids enjoy it.”
Not only will MTSD families have more options for their student’s lunches, but it’s now easier to order online through the new My School Bucks online system. The setup for an account is user friendly, allowing parents to directly deposit lunch money into their child’s account on their smart phone/mobile app and desktop.
“We know our kids are learning and growing quickly and need the best food as fuel to keep them going. Therefore, we want our parents to feel good about their children purchasing lunch on our campus,” says MTSD Superintendent, Sal Constantino, Ed.D. “We want our students to feel energized and ready to tackle the rest of their day after eating lunch with us. With all the new options we have on the menu, I’ll be stopping by the cafeteria myself for lunch.”
To learn more about the new options in the cafeteria and keep up with the latest MTSD news, check out Mendhamtwp.org. Details about food choices, special menu items and payment options can be found on the cafeteria page.