School Nutrition FAQ

  • What if my child only wants milk to drink with his packed lunch?

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    A student who wants to take only milk will be charged $0.50 to their student account through Infinite Campus. BUT there is a way to receive free milk if you read on! 

     

    Under the USDA Seamless Summer Option, we are ONLY able to offer meals at no cost IF the student takes a reimbursible meal. A reimbursable meal means the student takes 3 of the 5 components available to them before leaving the lunch line, and 1 of those 3 components MUST be a fruit or vegetable. Please see the next FAQ for more information on reimbursable meals.

     

    We are happy to announce that we will be offering "Lunch Box Buddy" meals for our students who bring packed lunches! This will start on Monday August 16. They will be able to select a milk and they will be given a fruit and graham crackers (or another 1 oz grain component offering if/when inventory changes). Having these 3 components (milk component, fruit component, & grain component) means we are able to claim the meal with the state, and our students don't have to pay anything! It feels counterintuitive: you take more items than you need in order to not pay, but it helps our program so much! We are getting a much better deal if we allow our students to take a reimbursable meal instead of charging them for a single item. 

     

    In summary: if your child would like to take only milk, that is perfectly fine but we do have to charge for a single milk. 

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  • What is a reimbursable meal?

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    A reimbursable meal means the student takes 3 of the 5 components available to them before leaving the lunch line, and 1 of those 3 components MUST be a fruit or vegetable. Here are some examples: if a student takes a hamburger (grain + meat/meat alternate) and an apple (fruit), then they have received 3 of the 5 meal components and their meal is reimbursable, so they would not be charged anything. However if a student takes a hamburger (grain component + meat/meat alternate component) and a milk (milk component), they have received 3 components but none of the 3 is a fruit or vegetable. In this situation we ask students if they want the vegetable for the day or a fruit, so their meal has a fruit/vegetable component and we don't have to charge them individually for buying an entree and a milk. 

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  • How do I add funds to my students parent portal account?

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    Begin by requesting acess to the parent portal account at your child's school. Step 1: Log into the parent portal. Step 2: Click Fees, Then Click My Accounts, Then Click Payment Method Step 3: At that bottom of the page Click New; This page will give you access to add bank information to your students account. 

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  • Can I receive a refund for funds on my student's meal account?

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    Please go to the "Payments" tab for more information regarding student account refunds.

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  • What is the National School Lunch Program?

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    The National School Lunch Program is a federally-assisted meal program operating in over 101,000 public and non‐profit private schools and residential child care institutions. School districts that choose to take part in the lunch program get cash subsidies and donated commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for each meal they serve. In return, they must serve lunches that meet Federal requirements, and they must offer free or reduced-price lunches to eligible children.

     

    Update for 2021-2022 school year: We are operating under the USDA Seamless Summer Option (SSO) in order to provide breakfast and lunch at no cost to our students. Our nutrition requirements for meals served still follow the National School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program guidelines.

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  • What are “entitlement foods” and “commodities,” and how do they play a part?

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    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods (formerly referred to as commodities) are U.S. foods purchased by the USDA, which are provided to schools at minimal cost. These foods typically include fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, dry and canned beans, fruit juices, vegetable oils, peanut products, rice, pasta, flour, and other grain products. In addition to these “entitlement” foods, schools also may receive “bonus” foods if there is an agricultural surplus and/or depressed market prices.

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  • Which nutritional guidelines does CSD follow?

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    School lunches must meet the applicable recommendations of the USDA's Final Rule on school meal nutrition standards: Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch & School Breakfast Programs, passed on January 25, 2012, which recommend that, based on analysis of a week's meals, no more than 30 percent of an individual's calories come from fat, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. Regulations also establish a standard for school lunches to provide one‐third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, and calories. School lunches must meet Federal nutrition requirements, but decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared are made by local school food authorities. Find the summary of the changes to the school lunch and school breakfast regulations here.

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  • Does CSD serve flavored milk?

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    Yes, students in grades pre-k through 12 may select fat free unflavored or flavored milk, following guidance from the USDA. 

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  • Does CSD serve whole grain products?

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    CSD serves mainly whole-grain rich products including whole wheat hamburger buns, rolls, brown rice, and oatmeal. Whole-grain rich products must contain at least 50-percent whole grains and the remaining grain, if any, must be enriched.

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  • Does CSD serve fresh fruit and vegetables?

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    All CSD schools offer an assortment of fresh fruit  and vegetables every day.

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