Food Service





The mission of the Trinity Area School District non-profit Food Service Department is to provide good quality healthy meals to the students and exceptional customer service.


Good nutrition is essential to growing school age children. The food service staff prepares fresh and healthy meals onsite for all 6 of our school buildings. Fresh fruits and vegetables are required for students who choose to take the full meal and we encourage all students to do the same. We offer a variety of foods to ensure that students can reach their own nutritional goals and encourage students to eat whole grains, low-fat meat servings, and drink low-fat milk that are offered daily. The food service staff is dedicated to helping develop healthy eating habits for everyone in the district. The food service department is managed directly by the district and no management company is utilized.

We welcome your questions and comments at the Food Service office.

Nicolle Bazant Pleil

724-223-2000 ext. 6504


The district’s Wellness Policy has been updated to reflect the USDA guidelines to promote student wellness, prevent and reduce childhood obesity, and provide students with lifelong tools to make healthy choices.   We ask that parents do not send cupcakes or other similar treats to school.   Many young students suffer from food allergies, diabetes, or other health impairments that require very specific diets.  If you would like to send in a birthday item for your child’s class, consider sending non-food rewards to school using the guide attached as an example.  Thank you for your support in helping Trinity provide a healthy and safe environment for all students.

Note: Holiday parties will be carefully planned by your parent teacher organization, classroom teachers, food service department and building principal.

For a complete list of non-food rewards, visit  

 Did you know that USDA required schools to create and follow the new Wellness Policy???

Get the facts here...

It is a federal requirement and not a Trinity only policy.

Foods sent to school for shared snacks must meet the federal requirements set forth by USDA. To see if your snack meets the criteria please use the calculator below. If you need assistance, please call Nicolle at 724-223-2000 ext. 6504




Food Service On-line payments

A new point of sale system has been installed in all cafeterias in the district. Online payments are a convenient way to ensure that your child always has funds available. The site is easy to use and safe. Parents need their student ID numbers to set up payments using a computer, tablet, or smart phone. You can find your student's ID number on an academic or bus schedule. Parents can also call your building secretary for ID numbers. The link below is specifically designed for Trinity Area School District. If you used the system last year, please log on to the new site and update your browser to the new site. Checks will be accepted at all registers for families who do not wish to use the on-line system.  for cell phone use  for desktop and full access including low balance notifications


Applications for free and reduced school meals are currently being accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. Please apply online by clicking on the box below.



Click HERE for the USDA's smart snacks in school guidelines

Lucky Tray Day

Lucky Tray Day will return to the Trinity Area School District lunch rooms starting in September. Students simply need to purchase a meal to participate. We have exciting things planned to keep the students interested in our program!


The Trinity Food Service Department and The Trinity Area School District is committed to recycling disposables used in the school day. Please take a moment to look at the flyer listed below and watch the YouTube video which explains single stream recycling.

The cafeterias are also handling IOU's differently and the school board has adopted a formal policy that we are attaching for you to read. The school messenger phone system will make weekly phone calls and notifications to let parents know when their child?s account is negative. It is reasonably anticipated that parents will monitor the cash balance on their student's account and assure that sufficient funds are available for their student.


The food service department will now charge $25 dollars for all returned checks that are presented to the cafeteria. Please be aware of this change.

If you have any questions, please call the Food Service Office at 724-223-2000 ext 6504.



Top 10 Reasons to Leave your Lunch Box at Home

10. Children can be inspired to try new foods at school that they may not try at home.

9. Our hot food is hot and our cold food is cold which is safer than eating from a lunch box with a freezer pack. Our kitchens are inspected twice each school year for sanitation and food safety and you should feel good about that.

8. Salt is out, but flavor is in. The United States Department of Agriculture has pushed school cafeterias to reduce the sodium content of its food items. Most packaged items found in lunch boxes are loaded with fat and sodium.

7. Approximately two-thirds of all school lunch menus offer more than the required 2 fruit and vegetable choices set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture regulations. (School Nutrition Dietary Assessment III)

6. In a recent study published in the New York Times, the average back pack weighs 18.4# but some weigh as much as 30#. Let us do the lifting and buy meals at school.

5. Some estimates on the cost of packing a school lunch are as high as $5.50. Our prices are a lot less and we employ local moms who want to work while their children are in school.

4. Trinity follows the National School Lunch and Breakfast program which requires our menus to be less than 30% of calories from fat and less than 10% of calories from saturated fat. We provide a minimum of 1/3 of the RDA?s of protein, vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium while offering all 5 food components of milk, bread, fruit, vegetable, and protein.

3. If you spend 10 minutes each day packing a lunch, you could save 10 minutes x180 school days=1800 minutes or 30 hours each school year. Imagine how much fun you could have with your child in 30 hours.

2. A study published in 2008 in the ?Journal of School Health?examined the eating habits of nearly 5,000 school children. Children who ate more fruits, vegetables and protein and fewer calories from fat, performed better on literacy tests compared to children with a high-fat, high-salt diet.

1. Students who eat meals served at school thru the National School Lunch Program are more likely to be at a healthy weight in a recent study by the School Nutrition Association.



If you have any questions regarding the National School Lunch Program that Trinity participates in, please call Nicolle.

Director of Food Services - Nicolle Bazant Pleil

724-225-5380 ext 6504

Secretary - Christy Kirkwood

724-225-5380 ext 6506


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Non-Discrimination Policy

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) E-mail:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.