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We are pleased to introduce EC’s new food service program!
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and grace as we build this program from the ground up! Our new, in-house food service will launch for the EC school district at the start of the 2022-23 school year. Our team will be working out of the high school cafeteria, newly named the Eagle Cafe, and distributing lunches to all campuses.
At the high school level, students may pre-order lunches, and/or purchase breakfast, lunch, and snacks. All elementary and middle school students will have the opportunity to pre-order lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Tuesdays and Thursdays will remain as Chick-fil-A and pizza day fundraisers for the PTO.
Initially, the Eagle Cafe will offer one lunch item per day with optional sides. The menu is structured to repeat itself in weekly cycles, so the same meal will appear more than once during a month. We plan to add a larger variety of daily offerings once our team members get accustomed to the kitchen and identify preferred menu items. The program is starting small, but we have some amazing ideas in mind!
At the high school, we will always offer a main lunch option, in addition to many snack/to-go foods. As we progress into the school year, the Eagle Cafe will begin to expand the menu with hot breakfasts, both hot and cold lunch options, as well as daily soups and salads.
Does your child have a food allergy? We do, so we understand the importance, and sometimes the frustration, that can come with a food allergy or sensitivity. While some of our meals and sides are naturally allergen free, we are not able to offer allergen-free items on every school lunch day…YET! As we add more options to our menu throughout the first semester, we will be diligent in making common food allergen substitutions as an option as well. While we do not have nuts in our own kitchen, we cannot guarantee the kitchens and suppliers we receive products from are nut-free. Thank you, again, for your patience as we build this program.
As for the logistics, EZ School Apps will be used for seamless planning and ordering your student’s meals. This software is a web-based program that you can easily access from your phone or computer. Parents will be able to pre-order meals and upload funds to student’s accounts via the security of PayPal.
Orders may be placed week by week, or as far out as one month in advance. The deadline for pre-ordering food for the following week will be Tuesday at 11:59 PM. This gives the food service team enough time to plan, order, and prepare accordingly to minimize waste.
Below you will find instructions for signing up with EZ School Apps, how to pre-order meals, and Eagle Cafe policies.
We are so excited to be a part of this new food service experience in serving the EC community. We hope to provide some relief for parents, as well, knowing that your children will be given fresh, affordable, and delicious meals to fuel their learning.
Education: B.S. - Family & Consumer Sciences, Messiah College
Bio: Cheryl grew up going to EC and graduated in 2014, then attended Messiah College where she received a degree in Family & Consumer Sciences. She was a Culinary Arts teacher in Westwood for four years, and is excited to be returning to EC in a brand new position. Cheryl is looking forward to bringing life back into the lunch program for all three EC schools. She believes food is a gift from God that provides both nutrition for our bodies, as well as a form of art to enjoy. Her husband, Chris, is a police officer, and they enjoy serving together at Emergence Church in the Sunday school. If they’re not traveling or at a sporting event, Cheryl loves decorating and baking new recipes at home.
Education: B.S. - Nutrition & Food Science, Montclair State University
Olivia graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science. After completing various food service positions and a season of farming, Olivia became involved in culinary as a chef for a meal plan company, where she used her skills in nutrition and menu design to create healthy meals from scratch. Olivia was brought to Eastern Christian School through God’s providence in leading her to a position where her passions for food, children, and the Lord would shine. Olivia loves hiking, exercising, and enjoying God’s beautiful creation. She and her husband, Josiah, are members of Fardale Trinity Church in Mahwah and serve on various ministries, including a garden ministry, which Olivia loves being a part of!
**Important Step – Be sure to complete “How to Request a Student Connection” in the directions to link to your child’s EZ School Apps account. Repeat for each student you wish to order food for.
Eagle Cafe Policies
Pre-ordered food items will be paid for in the EZ School Apps account. Funds may be pre-loaded by credit card (via PayPal) or check written out to “ECSA” and given to the school’s office in an envelope labeled “Food Services”.
The deadline for pre-ordered food is Tuesday at 11:59 PM for the following week.
Eagle Cafe items may be purchased with funds in EZ School Apps or cash. Credit cards and checks are not accepted in the cafeteria at this time.
If a student is absent on the day they have pre-ordered food, the deduction will be considered a donation to Eastern Christian. We appreciate your understanding of this policy.
High school students with pre-ordered meals will pick up their food in the Eagle Cafe and confirm their pick-up at the register.
Middle school students with pre-ordered meals will pick up their food in the front lobby during lunch.
Elementary students with pre-ordered meals will have their food delivered to their homeroom.
Eagle Cafe, located at the high school, will open at 7AM for breakfast, during breaks between blocks, and during lunch.
Sales will not be permitted during class time. Students will be informed and turned away from sales to uphold this rule.
Eagle Cafe will close after the start of fourth block.
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