School Food & Nutrition Programs

We believe that food is a connector. It reminds us of the people and places that nourish us, and the land from which our food comes.  

Our intrepid Nutrition team: Rita, Chef Leah, Mel, and Julie

Our intrepid Nutrition team: Rita, Chef Leah, Mel, and Julie

What’s Unique about Great River’s Food Program?

Understanding the important role that food plays in sustaining our bodies, our friendships, our families, and our relationship with living beings ties to our school’s core values to honor all living beings and work toward global peace through education.

A strong relationship with our food empowers all of us to be more healthy, caring and engaged participants in our local community.

Our program aims to be healthy and supportive of a sustainable food system. For our program, we define ‘sustainable’ as:

  • Supporting local agriculture

  • Preparing all foods from scratch  

  • Focusing on plant-based whole-food- meals  

  • Choosing chemical & pesticide free ingredients

To read more about nutrition education at Great River and how you can get involved with our Wellness groups, click here

Forgotten Lunch Protocol


If a student forgets a lunch and needs the school to provide them one, they can ask the Nutrition Team member at the point of sale. Families will be charged for forgotten lunches in the School Payment Portal. Supplies for extra lunches may be limited, and will most likely include some kind of sandwich and fruit or vegetable.

Questions about the forgotten lunch protocol can be directed to