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Facilities & Waste Reduction

Facility Use

To ensure the safety of children, school kitchens are held to very stringent health and safety standards by the King County Department of Health. Just like a restaurant, the Food and Nutrition Services Department is required to pay for inspections of every kitchen at least annually, and the Health Department may drop in to inspect a kitchen at any time.

To ensure school kitchens meet these rigorous safety standards, use of school kitchens by anyone outside of the Food and Nutrition Services department requires approval by the Director of Food Service. The procedure below must be followed to ensure food safety and Health Code compliance.

  • Facility use forms should be submitted to the particular school district building for approval.
  • The Athletics/Facility Department coordinator will contact the Food and Nutrition Services Office to arrange for Food Services staff coverage.
  • A Food and Nutrition Services staff member will be required to be on-site during every event to oversee the kitchen operation and ensure food safety and proper equipment operation. The group or individual reserving the kitchen will be charged for labor.
  • Kitchens must be sanitized using authorized cleaning products following any extra-curricular activity.

Authorized personnel who may access school kitchens without going through this process are as follows:

  • current SSD food services employees (including helpers who work under their direction during the school day)
  • custodians for cleaning purposes
  • authorized inspectors and contractors
  • maintenance and service personnel on repair assignments

If you have questions, please contact us at 206.393.4209.

Tours and Presentations

Kitchen Tours

We are pleased to offer kitchen tours of both our Central Kitchen and school kitchens. This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about food preparation, culinary skills and get hands-on experience in their very own school kitchen. If you are interested in scheduling a kitchen tour, please contact us.

Nutrition Services Presentation

Does your school's staff, students or a parent group have questions about the meals served in Shoreline Public Schools? Would you like an overview of the district nutrition policies? Nutrition Services staff members are available to provide a half-hour presentation and answer any questions you may have. Please contact us for more information or to schedule a presentation.

Cafeteria Food Waste Reduction

Public Health of Seattle & King County supports school plans to create food sharing tables and food recovery programs in an effort to make donated food available to children and to reduce waste. As a regulatory agency, KC Public Health requires that programs are managed with food safety in mind.

Shoreline Public School District partners with food banks to donate unopened, perishable foods that are leftover after students eat.