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February Breakfast & Lunch
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Elementary Lunch View Menu
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Update on Meal Regulations
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Please click here for the Pennsylvania Free and Reduced Lunch Application.
 


Planned menus are subject to change without notice and will change in response to school closures. 
Check this web page for menu changes and updates

Meal pricing for school year 2016-17
Breakfast all buildings $1.15
Lunch K-4  $2.35
Lunch 5- 8   $2.45
Lunch 9-12 $2.50
( Reduced Breakfast $.30, Lunch $.40)
 
Our menu has been planned to meet the new federal regulations including, but not limited to age groups, and portion sizes. Over the course of each week our menus must meet required calorie ranges, meat/meat alternate ranges, grain ranges, and at least if not more, of the required vegetable subgroups and additional fruit choices.

 
NEW SCHOOL MEAL REQUIREMENTS
 
You may have heard that there will be new requirements for school meals. Most of these new rules began in the school year 2012-2013. Breakfast starting school year 2014-2015 is now changing to reflect the USDA's new menu regulations which is is broken down into the three age groups. Once again menus will be planned to meet all nutritional requirements for each of these age groups.
 Knowing what changes were likely to take place, the Freedom Child Nutrition Department has already been gradually making many of these changes so it wouldn’t be such a shock to the students when they were finally required.
Biggest Changes:
    Students will now be required to have 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetables on their tray for it to count as a full meal. Anything less than a full meal is charged at a la carte prices, which will cost more than a complete meal. We will be offering a larger variety of fruits and vegetables daily to give the students more to select from.
 
    There will be three different age groups; K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Before, we only had two age groups which left some of the younger students with way too much food. You’ll see that on the menus, many of our items are the same, but portion sizes and recipes will be designed to meet the specific age groups.
 
    We are now limited as to how much meat/meat alternate (cheese, yogurt, etc.) and grains we can offer.
Previously, we only had a minimum to meet, but could offer more. Now we have to stay within the specified ranges for each age group. This means main entrees may not be as large as they have been. Remember, though, that there are more fruits and vegetables available than there have been. We’ll have to be a little creative to make this work, but have no doubt we can make each meal something our students will enjoy.  
    All grains offered must be whole grain rich and meet weekly ranges. 
    We must offer vegetables from the following groups each week: dark green, orange/red, and legumes. We then have the option to include starchy and other vegetables. We’ve been working towards this goal by serving fresh veggie with low-fat ranch dressing, fresh, steamed broccoli, switching half of our lettuce to romaine and fresh spinach and offering a variety of other vegetables during the week.
 
    Schools have until 2014-2015 to meet the first level of sodium limits. While this might be quite a challenge, we  are working toward these goals now by, not adding any salt while cooking. We expect as manufacturers reformulate some of their products to bring down sodium levels that it will not be a problem to meet this requirement at all. We’ve been able to accomplish this by using only fresh and frozen vegetables, as canned usually contain more sodium.
  NEW  Meal Requirements:  For lunch choose at least 3 of the 5 items from the following: Meat or Meat Alternate  2 ounces,  1/2 cup or more of Vegetables (includes starchy vegetables), Bread or grains 2 servings, 1/2 cup fruit or juice and 8 ounces of low fat or skim milk.  Beginning with the 2012-13 school year all student meals must contain a fruit or a vegetable to qualify  as a meal.  If a student does not take the qualifying items to make a meal they will be charged  for each item individually which will cost more than a complete meal
 Parents How You Can Help:
    Encourage your children to try new things at home and school.
    Discuss healthy meal choices with your children
 
Encourage your student to start their day off right and eat breakfast at school.
 

 

EAT BREAKFAST AT SCHOOL!

Mornings can be really crazy…the alarm doesn’t go off…the kids don’t want to get up…there’s no time to eat breakfast before the bus comes…or they’re just not ready to eat. Or maybe your teenager grabs a can of soda and a candy bar on the way to school. If this sounds like your house, we have good news for you.

 

Breakfast is served at school! School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day.  A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class. Breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body.

 

Breakfast at school is affordable, too. If you qualify for free and reduced price meals, you also qualify for the breakfast program, with no additional paperwork. You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else.

 

Help your child start the day right with school breakfast!


Board Policy on Meal Charging 

Smart Snacks in School

We are focused on the health of our school environment. Our school district has established nutrition standards for all snacks sold in school by any entity, including parent/student organizations, teachers, boosters, fundraisers, or the food and nutrition services department. These standards for snack sales are in effect from any time before school through 1/2 hour after school, in accordance with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the USDA and our district Wellness Policy. Non-compliant foods may be sold from 1/2 hour after school through the end of the day. These standards carefully balance science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus. 


DISTRICT WELLNESS POLICY





 
Reminder: You may apply for free or reduced meals a any time
throughout the school year!


 
For the first time, families that have children attending a public school district can apply for free or reduced price school meals through the National School Lunch Program online using the internet.
  
Click here for the online pre-pay lunch site.


Self Supporting Department: Nutrition Services is self supporting. We depend on prompt payment from parents for their students' meals to maintain the services we provide to the students. The Nutrition Services Fund differs from other budget segments of the school district in that it is an Enterprise Fund. An Enterprise is an operation that is run like a private business. Revenues should meet or exceed expenditures.
 
  


 

National School Lunch in the News:
 
USDA Announces Historic School Nutrition Improvements as Children Return to School

 

 


 


Contact us:

 

Randy Walker, Food Service Director

 

1190 Bulldog Drive
Freedom, PA 15042 


  724-775-7641 Ext. 115 

 

Proud Member of:
                                                         
           www.schoolnutrition.org                                                                     For more information, click here


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Use of Information Statement: This explains how we will use the information you give us.
 
The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the inform ation, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of t he adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (F DPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine b enefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.
 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found on line at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866)632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us  by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202)690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339(800)877-8339;or(800)845-6136(Spanish).  For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800)221-5689, which is also in Spanish or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers (click the link for a listing of hotline numbers by State); found online at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/contact_info/hotlines.htm.

 

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 

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