Cottage cheese with crackers and apple slices one of the Energy Pack combos available to Lakeside students

Cottage cheese with crackers and apple slices, one of the Energy Pack combos available to Lakeside students.

District’s Energy Packs deliver variety while cutting costs and waste

California’s Lakeside USD sees a participation boost and waste reduction from self-contained combo meal offerings.

Meal solutions that meet federal National School Lunch Program (NSLP) requirements, are cost-friendly and that kids like are the Holy Grail of school nutrition departments. At Lakeside USD in California, a combo meal approach called Energy Packs that combines various popular items has elevated participation levels while cutting costs and providing flexibility.

As planning for the 2015-2016 school year got underway at Lakeside USD, Child Nutrition Director Sally Spero had a probl

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