Lunch Program

STCS hot lunch program is offered this year by Patricia’s Lunchbox, a professional school lunch caterer with more than 10 years in the school lunch business and 30 years before that in the restaurant industry, including being one of the founders of Sweetish Hill.

Students, teachers and staff have the flexibility to choose the day they want to participate in the hot lunch program. If they do not know which days they will be eating, they can purchase a punch card and come eat with us when they choose without advance notice.

Lunches are sold on a quarterly basis from menus made available three weeks in advance of the quarterly sign-up. There will be a 5% discount offered for those who choose to eat every day of the nine weeks which amounts to almost $0.30 a day off the single day’s price.

Patricia’s Lunchbox prepares meals daily from fresh ingredients, purchases them from local businesses as much as possible and cooks food in their central Austin kitchen, and also, as on pizza day, made fresh at STCS just prior to serving. We are a NUT-FREE lunch provider.

To order milk, please complete the milk form. Milk is only available for the 9 week quarter, not individual days.


1. Food is only available during school lunch hours.

2. All meals are nutritionally balanced and include a protein, starch, vegetable and fruit all prepared that day with no additives or preservatives. There are seconds on fruit and vegetables on the salad bar, which has at least 14 items daily to choose from. Seconds on protein and starch are often available, but not guaranteed.

3. Slightly smaller portions are served to the pre-K, K and 1st grade, which is reflected in the price.

4. Field Trip Policy: Patricia’s Lunchbox offers a bagged lunch (sandwich, fruit & vegetable) for any child who has enrolled for that day if the teacher gives us a week’s notice. Please notify Bridget, the kitchen manager. We can have those meals ready before lunch if needed.