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Lazar and Montville Township High School to Have New Lunch Provider

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MONTVILLE, NJ - ​Students may notice some changes to their school lunches when Pomptonian Food Service of Fairfield takes over as the new lunch provider this year.

​“Every five years the state requires us to solicit proposals from new lunch providers,” stated School Administrator James Tevis. The District assembled a “Wellness Committee,” composed of teachers, administrators, and parents of students in each school, to review the proposals that were submitted. ​“After interviews with each company who presented a proposal, including Aramark, the District’s most recent provider, Pomptonian was chosen by a consensus of the committee.”

“We are very pleased to have been selected to serve the Montville community," stated Pomptonian representative Leslie Garrison.

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​A statement prepared by the company says the company’s chefs “have put together a menu that is healthy, tasty, and visually appealing. We infuse healthy options into appealing meals.”

“A variety of hot lunch selections, whole grain pasta, fresh ‘grab-and-go’ salads, and fruit and yogurt parfaits will be available each day. Boar’s Head® brand products will be featured on the deli bar and ‘grab-and-go’ sandwiches and wraps. We will also have demonstration cooking and specialty event days like Wild Wing Wednesday, Asian Cuisine Day, Breakfast Bar Day, Sushi Day, Picnic Day, and more,” according to the statement.

​The statement also asserted that “all meals are prepared fresh each day on-site,” with “a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from Pomptonian’s award-winning Farm Stand.” The Farm Stand “features a variety of fruit and fresh garden vegetables including dark green and orange vegetables,” according to the company’s website. Milk selections are hormone and antibiotic free, according to the statement.

Lazar Middle School science teacher and Environmental Club advisor Matthew Myers was a member of the Wellness Committee which chose Pomptonian. He stated that since Pomptonian is a New Jersey-based company, “my hope is that they will make use of the farm-to-school options that are available, and serve local food when in-season.”  He hopes to have coordination with the school’s health classes, the students who plant and work in the school garden, and Pomptonian, “so that the food offered reflects what students are learning in their classes.”

Other members of the Wellness Committee included Tevis and his assistants Barbara Staada and Ralph Goodwin,  Montville Township High School Principal Douglas Sanford, Lazar Middle School Principal Sharon Carr, Janice Nasisi representing the High School parents, and Leanna Russo representing the Lazar parents.
 
Tevis stated that prices will remain “about the same. Every year a few items increase in price by five or ten cents, but not every item.”
 
Pomptonian’s statement says that the company will be “increasing quality while keeping costs reasonable.” “Traditional student lunches” will be $3.25, while “Village Fresh” student lunches, including sandwiches and salads, will be $4.25.
 

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