Each camper brings his or her own lunch to camp each day, which is refrigerated here at the camp. We provide drinks including milk, juice, punch or bottled water for lunch. Pre-school campers also have a mid-morning snack and all campers have an ice cream or ice pop snack at 4:00 p.m. Cold water is always available at water fountains and water coolers throughout camp.
When your child's group has a cookout at camp, you don't need to send in lunch that day! We provide the food for all cookout lunches. We serve hot dogs (kosher), hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken patties and veggie burgers, accompanied by chips and s'mores for dessert. All the campers look forward to cookout days!
Catered Lunch Program
If you are tired of packing lunch for your camper each morning, you don’t have to! Camp Riverbend now partners with a caterer, Simply Gourmet Lunches, which offers delicious prepared lunches delivered to camp daily.
Basic hot and cold lunches cost about $4.50 per day, with additional choices, such as extra portions, organic ingredients or dessert, for a small extra charge. Lunches are delivered daily to camp and distributed to campers at lunchtime along with the rest of their group. For more information about Simply Gourmet Lunches, click here to visit their website
See below for more information about our catered lunch program.
Q. DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO ORDER LUNCH THROUGH THE CATERER?
A. No, this is only an option. You can always choose to send in your own lunch from home. As always, Camp Riverbend will provide lunchtime drinks (milk, juice, bottled water, etc.). All lunches are kept at the appropriate temperature (hot lunches kept hot, cold lunches kept cold) until lunchtime.
Q. CAN I ORDER LUNCH ONLY ONE DAY A WEEK?
A. Yes, you can. You can order lunches one to five days a week.
Q. IS THERE A HOT LUNCH CHOICE?
A. Yes there are hot and cold lunch choices daily.
Q. WHAT ARE THE LUNCH CHOICES?
A. Go to www.simplygourmetlunches.com/sample_menu to see a sample menu of the choices available.
Q. HOW DO I ORDER?
A. Before your child starts camp, go to Simply Gourmet's website and create your account. Once you get your child's group assignment at our Welcome Weekend (June 20-21, 2015), you can start placing your order. You will NOT be able to place an order until you have your child's group assignment, but you can set up your account before then. Payment is made directly to Simply Gourmet caterers, NOT to Camp Riverbend. When you visit the Simply Gourmet site to order, starting in mid-June, click on the "summer camp" link. Camp Riverbend is located in Somerset County (you will need that information to place your order).
Q. HOW FAR AHEAD DO I HAVE TO ORDER LUNCH?
A. 72 hours.
Q. WHAT ABOUT FOOD ALLERGIES?
A. Visit www.simplygourmetlunches.com/food_allergy_information for more information about allergies. You can see the ingredients for every item that Simply Gourmet offers. Simply Gourmet does not use nuts in any of their food.
Q. WHAT HAPPENS IF THE CATERER SENDS THE WRONG LUNCH OR NO LUNCH FOR MY CHILD?
A. We have a list of each camper's order for each day. If the wrong lunch or no lunch is delivered, Camp Riverbend will provide a substitute lunch for your child (a limited number of choices are available through Camp). You will not be charged for the caterer for a missed lunch.
Q. WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD DOESN'T LIKE THE FOOD THAT THE CATERER PROVIDES, AFTER I HAVE ALREADY ORDERED FOR A WEEK?
A. Log into your account and edit your order choices. Remember there is a 72-hour advance notice requirement for changes in orders too.
Q. WHAT IF I ORDER LUNCH AND MY CHILD DOES NOT COME TO CAMP?
A. There are no refunds if a lunch is ordered and a child misses camp that day for any reason.
Q. ARE THE LUNCHES HEALTHY? ARE ORGANIC PRODUCTS AVAILABLE?
A. Yes! Visit http://www.simplygourmetlunches.com/faq for information on nutritional issues. Organic items are available for an extra charge.
Q. MY CHILD IS ALWAYS HUNGRY! IS THERE ENOUGH FOOD IN THE CATERED LUNCH?
A. The standard lunch includes an entrée, a side dish and fresh produce or vegetable. Dessert is optional for an extra charge. You can also choose to order a second entrée portion for your child for an extra charge.
Q. MY CHILD IS IN THE DAY TRIPPERS AND NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO PICK UP LUNCH FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. CAN SIMPLY GOURMET ACCOMMODATE THIS?
A. Sorry, no.
And as always, please feel to contact us with any questions you may have. Bon appetit!