About Our Food Program
What We serve...
At the West End Village School, we understand the challenges and hassle of packing daily lunches for young children. We developed our nutritious and delicious school food program to relieve families of this task so they may enjoy more free-time to spend together outside of school. We serve morning snacks and share a home-cooked family-style meal together for lunch. To us, food is more than simply fuel, and so we enjoy slow-paced meals, savoring this time for daily connection.
The West End Village School proudly partners with the Kitchen at Youth & Family Outreach, a high-quality, non-profit childcare center in downtown Portland, well-known for its robust and progressive food & nutrition program. Based on the meals he prepares for the nearly 60 children and teachers at YFO, Chef Dylan Roberts has collaborated with us to design a nutritionally-balanced, seasonally-focused menu that he prepares for us in YFO's newly renovated production kitchen.
In addition to the delicious food provided by the YFO Kitchen, we serve raw fruits and veggies, and other local products found at the Portland farmer's markets and Portland Food Co-Op. We try to integrate culinary activities into our curriculum to further expose our students to the cooking process. Beginning this June, we will receive our very first CSA share from Harvest Tide Organics, a fantastic small farm located in Bowdoinham, ME.