District Meal Policies

What is the cost of the student meal?

 

 Elementary Lunch  $2.85
 Reed Intermediate Lunch  $3.10
 Middle School Lunch  $3.10
 High School Lunch  $3.35
 Breakfast (High School & Middle School)
 $2.20

How does a student pay for his/her meal?

 

Parents are encouraged to put money on their child’s account by sending a check to school made out to “Newtown School Foodservice.”  Or going to mySchoolBucks.com  Students can also purchase meals with cash.

 

What happens if a student forgets his/her meal money?  

We comply with the district’s established charged meal policy.  Students are allowed to charge three meals of their choice. All consequent charged meals will be non-select (peanut butter and jelly sandwich or an American cheese sandwich, LF white milk and choice of fruits and vegetables). Customers are required to pay in full for any/all charged meals.                                   

 

How do you handle students with food allergies or other dietary problems?

Parents with children with either a food-related disability or one that is not labeled as a disability should provide written documentation to the school nurse.  Pertinent information will then be forwarded to the foodservice department.  This will contain a physician’s signed statement, including:  an explanation of the disability, food allergy and/or food intolerance; the food or foods to be avoided, and the food or choice of foods that must be substituted.

From this point, the parent and child should review the monthly menu and discuss possible meal selections.  Contact the Resident Dietitian to discuss if any of the selections would be prohibited.  Reasonable accommodations will be made so that your child receives a nutritious complete meal.

Is milk the only beverage allowed with the meal?

In accordance to the nutritional guidelines we must follow, milk must be included as part of the meal.  Offer versus Serve allows the student to decline any two food items available as part of the meal.  Please note a fruit or vegetable portion must be chosen with each complete meal.

Students are encouraged to take milk with their meal.  If a student does not want milk, he or she may take a 4 ounce 100% juice as one of his or her fruit selections.

Foods designated by the USDA as foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV) cannot be sold or given away as free promotional items during the meal period in areas where the school meals are served and eaten.  FMNV  fall into the following general categories: soda, water ice and popsicles, chewing gum, hard candy, jellies and gums, marshmallows, fondant, licorice, spun candy, and candy coated popcorn.  Certain states have legislated specific nutritional guidelines, which are more restrictive.  Please see “Healthy Schools Bill” for Connecticut’s legislation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Are other foods sold during the school meal?

The USDA defines foods “sold in competition with the school meal program” as competitive foods.  These foods might be sold as ala Carte menu items and snack foods and beverages.  Examples of ala Carte and snack foods eligible for sale as competitive foods include, but are not limited to: sandwiches and other entrees, breakfast bars, cookies, desserts, chips and pretzels, fruit bars, bottled water, bottled juice and bottled milk.  The option to have these items available to students is decided upon by the Local Educational Agency (LEA.)  

Connecticut State Statute requires that “No extra food items anywhere on campus from ½ hour before and after any state or federally subsidized milk or food service program can be sold.  Extra foods means tea (including iced tea), coffee, soft drinks, and candy. Income from sales of any foods served on campus during this time must accrue to the food service account.”