The Grandview School District Nutrition Services Department is excited to announce the arrival of our new reusable fork/spoon combination flatware.

Sporks.The Grandview School District Nutrition Services Department is excited to announce the arrival of our new reusable fork/spoon combination flatware. Our new reusable flatware is going to be distributed to every student on Tuesday, Jan. 11, replacing the disposable spork kits (a spork and napkin packaged together) our students have been using for the past few years.

There are a couple of things that have created the need to make this change. One of them is the difficulty in getting sporks. Supply issues have made it nearly impossible for us to find sporks or any other type of plastic flatware. The other issue is that there is now a state bill in place, effective Jan. 1, that no longer allows us to provide spork kits to our students.

We are trying to look at the bright side of this issue. The new reusable flatware will mean fewer plastic utensils are going in the trash. It will also mean students will have a hearty tool for eating lunch.

We recognize that this is going to seem like a big change. But we are hoping to make the transition as smooth as possible.

On Tuesday, each student will be given the new reusable flatware, which comes in its own special protective case. They will also receive a flyer introducing the flatware and giving care instructions. Please take a few minutes to find and review the flyer, which states that the new flatware will need to be washed regularly and kept with students so they can use it to eat their daily breakfast and lunch.

We anticipate some of you will have some questions:
1. Why don’t we just buy metal flatware and wash it in the kitchen?
This is a great question. Most of our kitchens are not equipped to handle washing the trays let alone adding flatware. It would require a significant remodel in order to accommodate this. The other consideration is safety and cost. Anyone that has used lightweight metal forks has likely noticed how sharp they are. Unfortunately, we live in a time where we have to consider the potential for injury both accidental and intentional.

2. Why now?
Another great question. The WA legislature passed a bill that prohibits the use of certain disposable products. We are all aware by now of the $0.08 bags at stores. We have all had to start taking our own bags for groceries. This is an extension of that legislation. Starting Jan. 1, we are no longer allowed to provide disposable flatware. Students would have to request them. Additionally, we are no longer allowed to provide bundled utensils. Our spork kits contain several items making them banned. Also asking each student if they want flatware would dramatically slow down the lunch lines.

We know this will be different and will take some getting used to. Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.