Several factors have shaped recent discussions between the Grade School PTC and school administration. We’d like to share with you the following information, which illustrates our thoughts regarding the grade school lunch program and what led us to these discussions.

Our current lunch program model involves three major jobs/roles. These jobs include ordering & labels, caterer relations and volunteer coordination. To continue under the current model, we need one or more individuals to fill these roles as our current lunch chairs are not continuing next year. We are curious if there are parents out there interested in more of a leadership role with our lunch program.

Challenges to the current model include both finding a lunch program chair(s) and a decreasing pool of parent volunteers. At the same time, demand for the lunch program remains high, reaching over 200 orders on some days (just over half of enrolled students).

After much research and discussion, we have found a front-runner for a solution that we believe might best accommodate the majority of our students and families if the PTC is unable to find new lunch chairs for 2016-17. A local, turn-key provider, www.my-lunchbox.net, provides ordering and caterer services to six nearby schools. This turn-key option could potentially reduce the number of volunteers required daily and allows parents to order from and deal directly with the caterer. Pricing and menu items will be comparable to our current program and families can order the night before and select from a variety of menu items each day.

In partnership with school administration we are reviewing plans to implement this option and welcome your thoughts and input at our GS PTC General Meeting next week, Wednesday 4/13 at 9am in the commons. Based on meeting feedback we’ll send out a brief survey to all grade school families to gather wider input.

Sincerely,

Jody Duncan

rgspresidentelect@riverdaleptc.org