Community Lunch

Willow’s lunch program will continue to look a little different this year. We’ve made adjustments to our typical lunch program to ensure that students remain in their classroom cohorts while eating, enjoy lunch and snack outside as much as possible, and still retain our focus on healthy, organic, locally sourced food. While we may not be able to enjoy a whole-school lunch this year, we are committed to maintaining the community feel of our classroom lunches, using the time to encourage students to practice the virtues, responsibly clean up, and develop relationships with each other.

Willow is excited to continue to work with our caterer, Brock, this year! Brock is committed to serving delicious and nutritious lunches using sustainable practices and adhering to all of the necessary safety standards for this school year. In Grades PreK-5, Brock delivers lunches to each class at their designated lunch time in reusable containers. Students are asked to provide their own reusable utensils and cloth napkins for lunch. In Grades 6-8, students are served lunch in the Dining Hall in reusable containers with reusable silverware and compostable napkins. All students eat outside whenever possible!

Willow students in Grades PreK-5, click here to order your lunches online! Lunches must be pre-ordered for these grades. Grades 6-8 do not pre-order. You can preview weekly menus here as well. Please order two weeks in advance!

Here’s what lunch at Willow usually looks like:

The way a school organizes its lunch program will tell you a lot about its commitment to community and student wellbeing. Willow’s lunch program is intentionally aligned with our values. Students and parents say it is quite different from mealtimes seen or experienced at other schools. Here’s why:

  • Willow lunch is served in the Health, Wellness, and Nutrition Building in one all-school session (kindergarten-Grade 8) to bolster connection and community.
  • Students sit at assigned tables in mixed grades with a faculty or staff member. An adult is present to encourage manners, healthy eating, and conversation.
  • Lunch is served buffet style and the facilitator of the program uses fresh, local, organic ingredients whenever possible and whole-grain pasta and bread. Gluten-free and alternative options are available every day.
  • At the conclusion of lunch, all students assume rotating responsibilities such as bussing plates, clearing silverware, or wiping tables. Visitors are often quite stunned to see students complete these chores without prompting or reminders; it’s an expectation that’s ingrained in the Willow community.

Lunch is included in tuition. Willow is a nut-free campus and is highly accommodating of children with nut and other food allergies.

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