Insufficient Funds: When a student’s cafeteria account balance is low, the cashier will tell the student that they have a low fund balance. Elementary students, in addition to being told they have a low balance, will get a hand stamp and/or a take-home note telling their parents that the account balance is low. The student will receive these notices until a deposit is made into the account.Secondary students will be told by the cashier that they have a low balance in their account until a deposit is made into the account. Students with inadequate funds for a meal receive a Courtesy Lunch or Breakfast, at no charge to the student. A courtesy breakfast provides milk, juice, and graham crackers. The courtesy lunch consists of fruit, vegetable, milk, and a cheese sandwich. These meals meet the USDA standard for a school meal.Funds can be transferred between sibling accounts. Call our office to request this service.Our Point of Sale system does not allow for charging purchases.If a student receives three (3) courtesy meals the student’s parent/guardian is notified of the lack of funds.Chronic abuse of this policy will be reviewed on an individual basis and may warrant suspension of the above procedure.Please be aware that after snow days school menus are subject to change to make the best use of available resources. Specifically, Nutrition Services may utilize food planned but not utilized on the snow days.This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Read the PCSD Board Policy on Wellness
Facts About School Nutrition
The Core ProgramsSchool BreakfastThere is increasing participation in the School Breakfast Program:
School LunchThere is increasing participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP):
- 9.3 million children served daily nationwide
- 1.6 billion breakfasts served annually
- 22% of kids do not eat breakfast on school days
The Facts About School MealsKids are offered many healthy, tasty and appealing choices:
- 29.6 million children served daily
- 95% of schools nationwide participate in the (NSLP )
- 4.9 billion lunches served annually
School Meals are balanced and HealthyLunches that are part of the national School Lunch program (NSLP ) must meet nutrition guidelines including:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- No trans fats
- Pizza with whole grain crust and low fat cheese
- Whole grain pasta
- Healthful cooking techniques
Limiting fat and saturated fats in meals
- Providing 1/3 of the recommended dietary allowance(RDA) of protein calcium,iron, and vitamins A and C
- NSMP breakfasts and lunches meet dietary guidelines
- NSMP breakfasts and lunches are served in age appropriate serving sizes and provide the right balance of protein ,dairy ,whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
School Meals help kids maintain a healthy weight
Students who eat school meals provided through the NSLP and SBP are more likely to be at a healthy weight:
- NSMP participants are more likely than non-participants to consume vegetables and milk products, and meat and other protein- rich foods, both at lunch and over 24 hours: they also consume less soda and or fruit drinks.
- This benefit is especially relevant for kids and their parents in today’s climate of heightened awareness of obesity issues.
- Students are less likely to gain weight during the school year than during the summer when school is out.
School Meals include USDA Commodity Foods
USDA has made significant progress in reducing the fat sodium and added sugar in commodity foods.
- Ground beef was reduced to 15% fat compared to an average 30% fat content in the fast food industry.
- Commodity canned fruits are only bought with light syrup and fruit juice versus heavy syrup.
- A wide variety of fresh, frozen and canned vegetable products are offered. Over 50% of all commodities available are grains, fruits and vegetables
School Meals help Students do better in school
Research has shown that students who eat school meals perform their best academically.
- Students who eat school breakfast have greater gains in standardized test scores and show improvements in math, reading and vocabulary scores
- Healthy eating correlates with less trips to the school nurse and less absenteeism
- Providing nutritious school breakfast on testing days leads to improved test scores.
School Meals are Safe
Wellness PoliciesOur District has guidelines for:Professionals share the same goals:
- USDA commodities used in the NSLP are safe and are part of a nutritious school lunch
- School Nutrition professionals have rigorous training in food safety and have implemented a HACCP plan.
- School Kitchens are subject to two health inspections annually conducted by the local health department.
- According to the Food and Drug Administration, school kitchens are among the safest of the commercial and institutional food service establishments.
- School Meals
- Ala carte cafeteria sales
- Vending machines, student stores
- Classroom parties and special events
- Well balanced nutritious meals for their kids
- Creating healthy eating habits for life
Wellness Policies are comprehensive:
The Role of Parents: (Actions speak louder than words)Parents are Role Models and influence what kids eat:
- Physical activity and Nutrition Education are included
- Encourage healthy eating and lifestyles at home for you and your kids ( Actions Speak louder than words. )
- Review the cafeteria menu with your kids to help them plan a balance meal
- Join your child for school breakfast or lunch as you are always welcome.
- Communicate and concerns or questions to the School Nutrition Service Director