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Child Nutrition

The Child Nutrition Department plays a critical role in establishing a healthy school nutrition environment for the promotion of optimum health.  In addition to providing nutritious meals in each school cafeteria, the Child Nutrition Department helps sets goals for nutrition education, physical activity and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness. 

Also, see Food Menus.

By establishing nutrition standards for all foods that are available on each school campus during the school day, the department assists the district in promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity.

The department also provides guidelines for student wellness and is instrumental in measuring the implementation of the wellness policy by involving a broad group of individuals in its development and growth.

Child Nutrition employs over 150 professionals that include managers, team members, drivers, warehouse workers, and supervisors. School meals are planned by registered dietitians to reflect the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and student preferences as determined at student taste parties. Low cost, nutritious school meals are served to more than 16,000 customers every day and breakfast is offered in all schools.

Union Public Schools

Breakfast and Lunch Program

Union students have the option of bringing their lunch or purchasing a hot lunch, sandwich or salad in the school cafeteria. Elementary students may make prepayments on their accounts with the cafeteria manager between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. or the Parents may make on line prepayments through the My Lunch Money site. If lunch money is lost or forgotten, an elementary student is permitted to charge lunch for three days only. Upon accumulating three charges, the student will be served an alternate. No lunch charges are allowed at the secondary level. Food may not be ordered from outside vendors and/or delivered to school without prior permission from the principal. Parents must check in at the school office first when delivering food items. Parents must be present with the student in the cafeteria if food is brought in from outside.

Charge It Up Nutrition Assemblies

Union Child Nutrition Department is always looking for ways to creatively teach kids about nutrition and how to “Charge Up” their bodies for good health. The department collaborates with Union High School’s Marketing and Promotions classes to put on fun, interactive, nutrition education assemblies for elementary students. This partnership allows a large number of students to receive healthy messaging and provides them the opportunity to see High School students role modeling healthy behavior. Please see our promotional videos for both elementary age groups. To schedule an assembly, please contact the Child Nutrition Department at [email protected] or call 918-357-6137.

Charge It Up Assembly: Pre-K-2nd grade 
Charge It Up Assembly: 3rd-5th grade 


The Child Nutrition Department served 1,752,582 lunches and 1,047,130 breakfasts during the 2016-2017 school year, along with 44,259 supper meals and 813,378 snacks.  Summer meals included 13,222 breakfasts and 23,544 lunches. The number of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch has steadily increased over recent years and is currently at 70.24 percent.

The district purchased fresh vegetables and fruits from six local farms.  A pilot program at McAuliffe taught students how to reduce wasting foods, composting, recycling. The district’s two nutrition educators conducted 400 nutrition education classes, two farm-to-student events, six nutrition and activity assemblies, and participated in community nights.

A federally funded supper program was implemented in 2015-2016, feeding an afternoon meal to 200-300 High School students each school day.  This year, the program expanded to include the 6th/7th Grade Center and McAuliffe in late November, and plans to expand it further include the 8th Grade Center and additional elementary schools.  The program reduces hunger among students who otherwise might not get a good, healthy afternoon meal and encourages participation in after-school programs that tend to drive class attendance and performance.

Union Public Schools

Federal requirements on snacks

In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act requiring school cafeterias to make significant changes to the meals students receive during the school day. Changes phased in over several years include decreased fat and sodium, and increased amounts of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains served throughout the week. These changes have been made by the United States Department of Agriculture.

This year, beginning July 1, the requirements include changes in the nutritional standards for snacks, called “Smart Snacks”.  Smart Snacks set the standards for all foods sold throughout the school day including cafeteria a la carte options, vending machines, school stores, snack bars, fundraisers, and at school activities.

The nutrition standards for snacks are as follows:

  • whole-grain rich products
  • or the first ingredient must be a fruit, vegetable, dairy product, or protein food
  • or may be a combination food containing at least ¼ cup fruit and/or vegetable
  • or contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber)
  • Limitations on sodium, sugar, fats, and calories

Beverages sold during the school day will also be required to meet set standards:

  • Schools may sell water, unflavored low fat milk, unflavored or flavored fat free milk and milk alternatives, 100% fruit or vegetable juice or 100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water with no added sweeteners
  • Milk may be up to eight ounces in the elementary schools and may be up to 12 ounces in middle and high school
  • High schools may also sell no calorie and low calorie beverage options such as flavored water, and carbonated beverages with less than five calories per eight fluid ounces and no more than 12-ounce portions of beverages with 40 calories per eight fluid ounces or 60 calories per 12 fluid ounces

Lastly, all food and beverage fundraisers located on school property must meet the minimum requirements in the nutrition standards for foods sold in school.  Therefore, fundraising that sells high fat and/or high sugar items such as candy or snack foods are not be permitted during the school day. It is important to note, the standards do not apply to fundraisers that are off campus or during the weekends.

These changes are being made in order to offer your children only healthy and nutritious food options while they are at school, allowing them to be the best student they can be. We appreciate your support as we transition to smart snacks in school.


Lisa Griffin

Lisa Griffin
Director of Child Nutrition / 



Mike Yip
Executive Chef,
Culinary Operations Coordinator

Robin Hill
Coordinator/ Elementary Schools

Angela Treat
Secondary Schools

Candyse Walker
District Chef/

Evelyn Davis 
Office Lunch
Application contact
Bernice Tharps
Food Service
Purchasing Agent/
Senior Financial Clerk
Carissa Trost
Financial Clerk
Lunch Application contact
Lauren Bradley
Bradyn Powell
Nutrition Education
Cafeteria Managers
(School Sites)

District Announcement

Happy Holidays

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.

Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.

During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.

May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.  Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.  During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.  May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Administrative Changes Announced

Scott Pennington named director of new Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning Department;   Clayton Hucke named interim 7th Grade Principal

Dear Union Parents and Guardians: 

I am excited to announce that Mr. Scott Pennington, principal at the Union 6th & 7th Grade Center, has been asked to lead a new department within Teaching and Learning entitled Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning. As you know, we are in the second year of our five-year district strategic plan. One of the elements of this plan is Union’s Learning Model that focuses on literacy, cognitive capacity, engagement, and social and emotional learning.

As we continuously evaluate our data, and hear from teachers and our site leaders, there continues to be a dominant narrative that more must be done to address the social and emotional development of our students. Collectively speaking, our teachers continue to do amazing work in providing dynamic learning experiences for our students. It is now time for us to articulate a tiered approach to addressing unwanted student behaviors and student trauma – at all grade levels – while also fostering greater hope and confidence in our students’ lives. The idea is that we will be more proactive in our efforts, providing counseling and guidance to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students. I firmly believe this will make a positive difference in our students’ lives and in the learning culture of our buildings.

Mr. Pennington’s work as a special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal make him uniquely qualified to lead in this new position. In addition to this change, I am also pleased to announce that Mr. Clay Hucke, assistant principal at Union High School, has been asked to serve as an interim principal at the Sixth & Seventh Grade Center. Mr. Hucke has done an outstanding job at the high school and he looks forward to serving the students, staff, and parents at this site.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Pennington and Mr. Hucke. These moves will become effective January 1, 2020.


Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Union Public Schools

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8506 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
Phone: 918-357-4321

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