Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

Lunch Program

Cascades Academy's lunch program is unique in our community. We offer hot lunch and milk for purchase five days per week. Sign-up and online payment occurs three times a year: in August for September-December, in December for January-March, and in March for April-June.

In order to ensure your student is happy with their lunch selection, we are open to changes in orders for the first full week of the new term, allowing you to change quantities and add or eliminate choices.

We are proud to partner with local restaurants to offer meals that incorporate many organic fruits and vegetables, high quality proteins, and whole grains. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available every day. Seasonal, organic fruit served daily is sourced from area retailers and we strive to find the most local or closest suppliers of our produce.

In keeping with Cascades Academy's commitment to environmental sustainability, our lunches are served on re-useable plates with stainless steel silverware and cups. Our students are encouraged to recycle their garbage, and we donate our food waste to local farms. Volunteers from the Cascades Academy community staff the kitchen and help set-up, serve, and wash dishes, often alongside student volunteers.

Please note that in accordance with licensing requirements for our pre-kindergarten program, we are unable to extend our lunch program offerings to our pre-k students. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

For questions regarding the lunch program, please contact Bernadette Shilliam directly.

Fruit and Veggie Salad Bar

Our fruit and veggie salad bar rounds out every purchased lunch and includes a variety of favorite organic vegetables, salad greens, hummus, cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs, and a daily fruit or two! Students can take advantage of the fruit/veggie bar in one of two ways:

  • A visit to the fruit/veggie bar is included with every daily hot lunch offering Monday-Friday. It is included in the price of the meal.
  • Students can choose "Salad Bar Only" as on option to create their own entree-size salad.

Comfort Food Monday from Cascade's Kitchen

Nothing says winter like kid-favorite grilled cheese and tomato soup!

  • House-made, creamy, dairy-free, organic tomato soup (vegetarian, vegan)
  • Grilled cheese sandwich on Dave's Killer Bread "White Bread Done Right" or gluten-free bread from Northern Bake House (nut-free, non-gmo)
  • Choice of organic provolone, organic American or organic dairy-free cheese
  • One or two sandwich option
  • Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-Free, dairy-free option

Taco Tuesday from Parrilla Grill

  • Choice of One, two, or three 6" flour tortilla or non-GMO corn tostada
  • Choose mildly seasoned grilled organic chicken, local pasture-raised pulled pork, or a tasty mix of sweet potatoes, cauliflower and beets as your filling. No need to commit to a specific filling, just indicate your choice of meat or veggie on the order form.
  • Top with shredded cheddar, sour cream, mild or medium salsa and hot sauce
  • Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free option

Pizza Wednesday from Pizza Mondo

Please note: slices are the standard Pizza Mondo size - an 18" pizza is sliced into 8 pieces. Please keep this in mind while ordering. Smaller appetites/younger students typically eat 1 slice, while older students may need 2+.

  • Choice of 1 or 2 standard slices of Pizza Mondo pizza:
    • Cheese
    • Organic, mild turkey sausage locally made at Newport Avenue Market
    • *New this year* Garden Vegetable
    • Vegan toppings/Gluten-free crust
  • Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free option

Rice or Noodle Bowl from Parrilla Grill

Our new collaboration with Parrilla Grill brings us a perennial favorite, reimagined.

  • Start with your choice of long grain rice or seasoned yakisoba noodles. Your student may choose either option each week.
  • Add mildly seasoned, organic chicken thighs or steamed edamame
  • Top with fresh, shredded carrots, purple cabbage and steamed broccoli
  • House made sauces include teriyaki, mild green curry, or barbeque sauce
  • Fresh pineapple salsa
  • Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free option

Pasta Friday from Parrilla Grill

Just for Cascades Academy, your choice of sauces on whole-grain or gluten-free penne pasta.

  • Small or large portion of penne (whole-grain or lentil-based)
  • Choose from herbed marinara, nut-free pesto or creamy alfredo (no need to commit to one sauce, students may select a different sauce each week)
  • Add meatballs (gluten-free, grass-fed beef) and or broccoli
  • Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free option

Milk from Eberhard's Dairy

  • 2%, local Eberhard's milk
  • rBST/rBGH free