You can now make payments online

  • Payments can be made on your student's meal account with a credit/debit card online through Skyward Family and Student Access. A small fee applies.

    Payments can also be dropped off at school offices or mailed to VISD, P.O. Box 547, Vashon, WA 98070.

Food is Love

Always fresh meals from the district school kitchen

  • Kitchen Staff

    The Vashon Island School District is proud to serve nutritious food to our students. Each meal is made from scratch (even our salad dressings!) and we source as much as possible organic produce from local producers. We believe that healthy nutrition and understanding its role, plays a vital part in helping our students succeed both at school and in life. Each school day, the district provides breakfast and lunch options at all three schools.

    At the helm of the district school kitchen is Lisa Cyra, a professionally trained chef who has owned her own catering company and worked in hotels as a pastry chef. Despite an impressive culinary resume, Lisa finds her role as the district’s Director of Food Service is by far the most satisfying position she’s ever held. “It’s all about good nutrition and good ingredients,” she says.

    Cyra and her team of seven, that includes three other professional chefs, use extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs and vegetables, low or nonfat dairy products, minimal sugar and salt, no high fructose corn syrup, lean meats, and whole wheat pizza dough. Each day, students enjoy fresh fruit and salad bar options, many of which come from island farms. 

    “We did away with French fries and all fried foods five years ago,” Cyra notes. “Instead, menus abound with flavorful, healthy options as chicken chile verde, pulled pork sandwiches, gyros with hummus and tzatkiki and there is always a vegetarian option each day. 

    “It’s been so rewarding to watch students become more adventurous eaters over the past few years,” she says. For example, a faculty member contributed an abundance of spaghetti squash from their home garden that the kitchen staff cooked up. “The kids ate all of it!” Cyra exclaimed.

    Cyra cites Michelle Obama’s efforts to help reduce childhood obesity and raise nutritional standards for school lunches as having a positive impact on national USDA programs. “We abide by the standards that the bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act established in 2010,” says Cyra. “Most of the time, we go beyond what’s required.” Their new kitchen in Vashon Island High School enables them to provide a healthy breakfast before school to both Chautauqua and McMurray students, and between periods to high school students. 

    The school district is reimbursed for meals purchased by students whose low-income parents qualify. In addition to updated meals standards, the USDA has also implemented standards for what they call Smart Snacks, which are sold at schools or in vending machines. “I like to think that our program helps students feel good and consequently they do well at school,” says Cyra, “and that’s the important thing.” 

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement for Child Nutrition Programs


    In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

    Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

    To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, from any USDA office, by calling 866-632-9992 or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
    2. Fax:833-256-1665 or 202-690-7442; or
    3. Email: USDA Program Intake

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


    De acuerdo con la ley federal de derechos civiles y las normas y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA), esta entidad está prohibida de discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo (incluyendo identidad de género y orientación sexual), discapacidad, edad, o represalia o retorsión por actividades previas de derechos civiles.

    La información sobre el programa puede estar disponible en otros idiomas que no sean el inglés. Las personas con discapacidades que requieren medios alternos de comunicación para obtener la información del programa (por ejemplo, Braille, letra grande, cinta de audio, lenguaje de señas americano (ASL), etc.) deben comunicarse con la agencia local o estatal responsable de administrar el programa o con el Centro TARGET del USDA al 202-720-2600 (voz y TTY) o comuníquese con el USDA a través del Servicio Federal de Retransmisión al 800-877-8339.

    Para presentar una queja por discriminación en el programa, el reclamante debe llenar un formulario AD-3027, formulario de queja por discriminación en el programa del USDA, el cual
    puede obtenerse en línea en: Formulario de Denuncia por Discriminación del Programa del USDA, de cualquier oficina de USDA, llamando al
    866-632-9992, o escribiendo una carta dirigida a USDA. La carta debe contener el nombre del demandante, la dirección, el número de teléfono y una descripción escrita de la acción discriminatoria alegada con suficiente detalle para informar al Subsecretario de Derechos Civiles (ASCR) sobre la naturaleza y fecha de una presunta violación de derechos civiles. El formulario AD-3027 completado o la carta debe presentarse a USDA por:

    1. correo:
      U.S. Department of Agriculture
      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
    2. fax:
      833-256-1665 o 202-690-7442; o
    3. correo electrónico:

    Esta entidad es un proveedor que brinda igualdad de oportunidades.