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.

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. Fresh, in-season fruit is served daily and is sourced from area retailers who work with us to find the most local or closest suppliers of our produce. We strive to provide the healthiest fruit and vegetable options available and monitor the Environmental Working Group's "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean Fifteen" produce lists to ensure our selections are thoughtfully made.

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.

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

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 your student's order, please contact Bernadette Shilliam directly. Changes to lunch orders, including additions, or deletions are closed for this ordering period. The next ordering period will begin December 2 in preparation for Winter term meals.

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 salad bar in one of two ways:

  • A visit to the salad 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 Parrilla Grill

  • Fresh Draper Valley chicken breast strips coated in an extra crunchy gluten-free crust!
  • Roasted sweet and red potatoes along-side with your choice of barbeque or honey mustard dipping sauces.
  • Choose from 2 or 4 pieces.
  • Vegetarian option:
    • Southwestern Salad Wrap with roasted corn, black beans, organic romaine tomatoes and cheese, with ranch dressing on the side.
  • Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free option

Taco Tuesday from Parrilla Grill

  • Choice of up to three 6" flour soft shells or non-GMO corn tostadas (gluten free)
  • Meat options
    • Grilled chicken
    • Shredded pork
  • Vegetarian option
    • Roasted veggie mix (beets, sweet potato and cauliflower)
  • Pico, green salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese
  • Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-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
    • Garden Vegetable
    • Vegan cheese/Gluten-free crust
  • Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free option

Noodle or Rice Bowl Thursday from Parrilla Grill

Customize your bowl!

  • Sliced grilled chicken or shelled edamame over steamed rice or ginger and scallion seasoned yakisoba noodles
  • Topped with steamed broccoli, fresh shredded carrots, and cabbage
  • Your choice of curry, Asian BBQ, or teriyaki sauce
  • Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free option

Friday Sliders from Parrilla Grill

Delicious mini sandwiches are sure to satisfy appetites of all sizes!

  • Choose from 1, 2, or 3 sliders on a soft Hawaiian roll
    • Hot ham and cheese with ham from Hill's Premium Meats in Pendleton, Oregon
    • Sliced beefsteak tomato and cheese as a meat-free alternative
  • Add a side of colorful, crispy, house-made organic potato chips
  • Gluten-free rolls and dairy-free cheese available.
  • Mayo and mustard on the side
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free option

Milk from Eberhard's Dairy

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