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Because Ancona does not have its own food service, we partner with parents to ensure that the lunch and snack items brought to school promote healthy eating. The American Heart Association recommends that children minimize the intake of added sugars, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, and excess sodium.

A balanced lunch contains a mix of:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Lean protein
  • Whole grains
  • Foods that are low in sugars, corn syrup, and salt.


Please be sure that your child’s breakfast includes enough protein to keep them satisfied through the morning. If your child has difficulty eating early in the morning or your family finds itself in an unusual rush, please send breakfast along with your child to eat in school.


There is no cafeteria at Ancona. We encourage children to bring either a cold lunch, food in a thermos, or a meal that can be warmed in a microwave. We also partner with Gourmet Gorilla, a company that will pack a hot or cold lunch for your child. Click here for pricing and more information. We encourage you to work with your child to develop meals that balance nutrition with enjoyment. The school provides cartons of 2% or skim milk for lunch.


Preprimary teachers provide snacks for their students. Primary students have a snack break every day. Snacks are provided by families and should be packed with student lunches.

After School

Snack is provided by Ancona during After School; students are welcome to supplement and bring an extra snack from home. For 5th-8th graders, a variety of snacks are also available for purchase in the Middle School Lounge and Cafe, located in the Library.