Food service at the IC cafeteria has been provided by Albert Abella Catering since 1965. The service offers to all students breakfast, snacks, a complete meal at lunchtime, and a variety of sandwiches, soft drinks and juices.
Menus are published on the website to allow families to advise their children and verify that they are eating a well-balanced diet.
Families whose children must observe a special diet should inform the school nurse so special attention will be given according to their condition.
The IC school cafeteria seeks to provide a high quality meal and snack service by applying the international food safety recommendations, developing healthy eating habits and implementing an appealing food menu for students, parents and staff.
Location & Office Hours
Ras Beirut Campus, between Rockefeller Hall and Sage Hall
Monday through Friday
Winter working hours: 7:00 am till 4:00 pm
At IC Snack Bar, we have implemented the following new nutrition initiatives for the academic year 2010-2011:
- Reduce chocolate milk in the elementary schools.
- Continue to prepare sandwiches with whole grain bread.
- Provide a healthy corner for fresh fruits & salads.
- Continue to reduce added sugar and salt.
- Increase fiber rich foods.
- Increase low-fat foods.
- Continue to offer vegetarian options.
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IC is planning, as a top priority, to reduce “Strongly Discouraged Food Items” as mentioned in the “Nutritional Guidelines on School Lunch for Primary School Students” from all menu choices in order to decrease the intake of salt, sugar and fat and to promote healthy eating habits for students.
Strongly Discouraged Food Items include:
- Fried food such as French fries and nuggets
- Food items with very high salt content
- Food items high in fat and hydrogenated fat like butter and all other sources of saturated fat as well as desserts with added sugar including ice cream, cookies and candies
Healthy & Green Snacks
The nutritional value of a healthy snack adds positively to growth and progress of children. Therefore at IC Snack Bar we have increased the supply and promotion of healthy meals and snacks. In addition, nutrition facts and calories will be labeled on each item served and new packaging will be applied. These include:
- Whole wheat breads that are low in fat, sugar and salt
- Low-fat cereals and corn flakes
- Multigrain brown sandwiches such as grilled chicken breast, smoked turkey, and Tuna fish in water mixed with light dressing and fresh vegetables
- Healthy and fresh salads with light dressing
- Unsweetened breakfast cereal high in fiber
- High fiber biscuits and cereal bars
- Fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits
- Dried fruit like apricots, figs and raisins
- Unsalted nuts such as almonds, walnuts and peanuts
- Low-fat dairy products such as low-fat milk, and fat-free fruit yoghurt
- Fresh fruit juices like orange juice
- Soy milk without added sugar
The Snack Bar has compiled answers to questions regularly received by our department. We hope that your questions are included in this FAQ section.
At IC Snack Bar, we are planning to reduce the sale of soft drinks and candies; chips and drinks that contain caffeine are not allowed at all ; however, other drinks like Miranda and 7up are still available. We are planning to discontinue those items.
We are now providing healthy and nutritious meals like fresh salads, whole grain sandwiches, multigrain brown bread, fruits and vegetables and low fat dairy products.
Food such as fried chicken and pizza served at IC Snack Bar contain limited amounts of fat and salt. The ingredients are different than at fast food restaurants. We limit the sodium and the hydrogenated fat used.
A student who has lactose intolerance or who is allergic to dairy products can have a soy based drink like soy milk.
At International College, do you offer nutrition education for students in order to control childhood obesity?
Nutrition education about healthy eating habits is given to IC students. We now have a new menu that includes healthy and green choices such as whole wheat sandwiches and fresh salads; however, the secret of resolving a child's overweight problem is cooperation between students, parents and the school community.
Nutrition education should start at home and continue at school because children learn from those around them. Parents are asked to give their children healthy sandwiches and snacks and encourage them to do exercise and sports on a daily basis.
Telephone + 961 1 367466 Ext. 155
Postal address 113-5373 Beirut, Lebanon
STAFF Ras Beirut Campus Ain Aar Campus Laure Abi Chakra Therese Azzi Jamal Ghalayini Georges Khairallah Ghazi Hajj Hussein Ali Hamdan Nadia Issa Patrick Sawaya Ali Zaarour