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Program Information

Centralia School District Food Services Program


The operation of Centralia School District's Food Services department is similar to that of a stand-alone business, with one exception, a school food service program must comply with very strict rules and regulations set forth by the State and Federal Governments. Food Services is a self-sustaining program that does not receive money from the District's General Fund.


Centralia School District’s Food Services Program participates in the National School Lunch Program as well as several other State and federally funded Programs. Federal law requires school districts to establish a non-profit school food service program, and further requires that Federal, State and local revenues received by the food service program be used only for the operation or improvement of such services. Revenue that is generated through the food service program, which is approximately $2,000,000.00 per year, is used to pay for food, supplies, equipment, maintenance, salaries, wages, benefits, and any other expenditure that the program may incur.


By taking part in the National School Lunch program, Food Services receive cash subsidies and donated commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for each meal that is served. In return, we must serve lunches that meet Federal requirements, and we must offer free or reduced price lunches to eligible children. However, for the 21/22 School year, USDA has extended a waiver option that allows for all students to receive meals at no cost, regardless of their eligibility status.


Under the direction of Sotero Gonzalez, Director of Food Services, this department consists of the following positions: 3 Food Service Assistant III, 1 Food Service Assistant II, 16 Food Service Assistants, 1 Utility Person, 2 Utility/Custodian, and 1 Bilingual Food Service Technician. Operating from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., this team is responsible for planning, preparing, delivering and serving approximately:


  • 2,800 lunches per day across the Centralia School District.
  • 700 daily breakfasts, which are available at all sites throughout the District starting at 7:30 a.m.
  • 200 daily After School Snacks at Buena Terra, Los Coyotes, and Miller.
  • 400 hot Suppers served daily in the afternoon at ALL SCHOOL SITES FOR THE 21/22 SCHOOL YEAR
  • 500 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables are offered weekly, at no cost to students, during morning recess at Danbrook and Centralia.
  • Over 150 catering events annually for staff and other non-district clients.