Food Service News

Food Service News
Posted on 10/06/2021
Students in the lunch line at school.

Dear Rochester School District Community:

Offering a wide range of healthy and delicious menu choices has always been an essential part of our dining program in the Rochester School District. Providing healthy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks containing wholesome ingredients ensures our students are ready to perform at their highest levels in the classroom, on the sports field, and throughout their day. We see this as an important part of what makes our district such a thriving learning community.

If you’ve shopped in our local grocery stores or dined in some of our neighborhood restaurants, you may have noticed that some of your favorite items may be temporarily unavailable. Global supply shortages, transportation delays and even inclement weather have all contributed to the limited availability of pantry staples and specialty products alike. Unfortunately, the school district food service program isn’t immune from some of these challenges.

In the next few weeks, we’re anticipating some products and ingredients may be unavailable to us because of these never-before-seen disruptions. However, you can rest assured that we’re working diligently to ensure balanced nutritious meals that meet and exceed USDA guidelines will continue to be featured across our menus. At the same time, we’re also doing everything that we can to make sure student and parent favorites are also available, even when the most popular products might be in high demand. With so many delicious menu items to choose from, we’re confident that students will always find something they enjoy eating.

We apologize for any inconvenience that these product shortages might cause and sincerely appreciate your patience. As always, we welcome your questions and feedback. I hope you won’t hesitate to email us at or reach us by phone at 360-858-1999 if there’s anything that you think we can answer.

Warmest regards,
Galina Dobson
Food Service Director